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Secretary Rice: Travel to Middle East, January 8-16, 2008


Secretary Rice Travels to Iraq
Secretary Rice (Jan. 15):
"...I decided I was in the neighborhood and perhaps I should stop by because the President, of course, is on a multi-country effort here in the Middle East to do several things: to advance, of course, the democracy agenda, to look to support and push forward the efforts that peace between Israelis and Palestinians. But I can tell you that every stop along the way, particularly in the neighborhood, he has talked a lot about what is going on here in Iraq. He has talked about the importance that Iraq's neighbors support a democratic and unified Iraq, that the efforts that are being made here toward democracy and reconciliation are critical not just for the future of Iraq but for the future of the whole region and indeed for the future of the world." Full Text | View Video

Secretary Rice accompanied President Bush to Israel, the West Bank, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt from January 8-16, 2008.

On January 15, Secretary Rice made an unannounced visit to Iraq and met with senior leaders.

Remarks made during the trip
--01/15/08 Remarks With Saudi Arabia Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal
--01/15/08 Remarks with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari
--01/11/08 Press Gaggle En route Kuwait City, Kuwait
--01/07/08 Interview With Gil Tamary of Israel's Channel 10
--01/07/08 Print Roundtable
--01/07/08 Interview With Lukeman Ahmed of BBC Arabic Television

Information related to the trip
White House Site: President Bush Travels to Middle East

Photo Gallery
On January 15, Secretary Rice made an unannounced visit to Iraq and met with senior leaders including Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. State Department photo
Photos from Middle East


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