President Bush will visit two towns in the former communist part of Germany before traveling to Russia for a meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized nations.

On July 13, Bush will visit Stralsund and Trinwillershagen, both of which were in the electoral constituency of Angela Merkel, now the chancellor of Germany, the White House said Wednesday.

"The visit, which will take place at what had been in communist East Germany will underscore our two nations' commitment to advancing freedom and prosperity and to strengthening the trans-Atlantic partnership," White House press secretary Tony Snow said.

He said Bush and Merkel would discuss various global issues, including Iran's nuclear ambitions and preparations for the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, later that week.