President Bush has decided to postpone a trip to Canada next month because of the Iraq war, U.S. and Canadian officials said Sunday.
News of the postponement came about two weeks after Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien canceled a trip to Washington following criticism from the U.S. ambassador to Canada.
The ambassador, Paul Cellucci, said the American government was upset and disappointed that Canada failed to join the U.S.-led military coalition fighting in Iraq.
Bush's one-day trip to Ottawa, tentatively scheduled for May 5, was meant as a forum for cross-border issues.
Chretien disclosed Bush's decision Sunday during a trip to the Dominican Republic.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer confirmed the postponement several hours later, without offering a new date for the meeting. Two White House officials said none has been set.
"The postponement is due to the president's ongoing obligations to help the people of Iraq build a nation that is whole, free and at peace," Fleischer said.