President Bush Attends World Economic Forum
President Bush (May 18): "This region is home to energetic people, a powerful spirit of enterprise, and tremendous resources. It is capable of a very bright future -- a future in which the Middle East is a place of innovation and discovery, driven by free men and women." Full Text
Secretary Rice traveled with the President and Mrs. Bush to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt from May 13-18, 2008.
In Israel, the President met with President Peres and Prime Minister Olmert and addressed the Knesset. The President then traveled to Saudi Arabia and met with King Abdallah. In Egypt, the President met with President Mubarak. The President also held meetings in Egypt with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian Authority President Abbas, and delivered remarks at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East.
The President's visit to Israel celebrated Israel's 60th anniversary and our close ties over the past six decades. His visit to Saudi Arabia commemorated the 75th anniversary of the formal establishment of U.S.-Saudi relations. In his meetings with regional leaders, the President reaffirmed efforts toward peace and prosperity and our close work with regional allies to combat terrorism and promote freedom.
--05/18/08 Press Briefing by Secretary Rice Aboard Air Force One
--White House Site: President Bush Travels to Middle East
--05/16/08 U.S.-Saudi Arabia Memorandum of Understanding on Nuclear Energy Cooperation