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Secretary Rice: Travel to Paris, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Lebanon, June 11-16, 2008

Secretary Rice listening as Israeli Foreign Minister Livni speaks at press conference in Jerusalem, June 15, 2008. ©AP Photo
Working Toward Peace in the Middle East
Secretary Rice (June 14):
"This isn’t a football game where you put up a score after every quarter. This is a process that will ebb and flow. There will be good days, there will be bad days, they’ll move forward, they’ll move back. That’s the way negotiations go. And so I think it’s good that they are doing this in a quiet way. So I’m not going to violate that either. I just can represent that this is a very serious discussion. They’re seriously engaging the issues. They’ve got questions and problems on the table that they haven’t dealt with for seven years. And they’re dealing with it at multiple levels..." Full Text 

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Secretary Rice made a surprise visit to Lebanon to meet Lebanese President Michel Suleiman at the presidential palace. Photo credit: U.S. Embassy - Lebanon
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Secretary of State Rice traveled to Paris, Jerusalem and Ramallah from June 11 to June 16. 

In Paris, she participated in and delivered remarks to the International Support Conference for Afghanistan. The Secretary underlined the need for continued strong support from the international community to meet the development challenges necessary to promote security and democracy in Afghanistan. She also accompanied the President for bilateral meetings with French government officials. 

In Jerusalem and Ramallah, she met with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials to discuss progress being made on the ground to implement both parties’ obligations under the Roadmap, the situation in Gaza, and the effort underway to achieve agreement this year on the establishment of a Palestinian state, living side by side with Israel in peace and security.

On June 16, Secretary Rice made a surprise visit to Lebanon to meet Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and other Lebanese government officials.

Remarks made during the trip
--06/16/08  Remarks After Meeting With Lebanese President Michel Suleiman 
--06/16/08  Remarks After Meeting With Lebanese Parliament Member Saad Hariri
--06/16/08  Remarks After meeting With Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri
--06/16/08  Remarks After Meeting With Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Fouad Siniora
--06/15/08  Roundtable with Traveling Press
--06/15/08  Remarks With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
--06/15/08 Remarks With Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
--06/14/08  Remarks to the Traveling Press
--06/14/08 Remarks En Route Tel Aviv, Israel
--06/12/08 Remarks at Afghanistan Donors’ Conference
--06/10/08 Assistant Secretary Boucher's Briefing on the International Conference in Support of Afghanistan

Information related to the trip
--06/12/08 Summary of U.S. Assistance: International Conference in Support of Afghanistan

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