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Secretary Rice: Travel to Iraq, Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, Amman, and Berlin, February 16-22, 2007

Secretary Rice is saluted by the U.S. embassy staff as Amabassador Zalmay Khalilzad  walks alongside her in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007.  [© AP Images] 

Secretary Rice Visits U.S. Mission Personnel in Iraq
Secretary Rice (Feb. 17):
"...this is an essential mission for the security and well-being of the United States of America. I know we talk a great deal about helping the Iraqi people to find their way out of violence, out of tyranny, to democracy and to living together in peace and prosperity. And that's a noble cause, and America has always been at its best when it uses its power for noble causes. But this mission, bringing a stable and secure Iraq, is also essential for the security of the United States of America."  Full Text

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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Secretary Rice, Ambassador Richard Jones, and Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs David Welch at the Prime Minister's Office.
Photos from Jerusalem.

Secretary Rice traveled to Iraq, Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, Amman, Jordan; and Berlin, Germany. Secretary Rice arrived for an unannounced visit in Baghdad on Saturday morning and met with Iraqi and American officials. In Jerusalem she held bilateral meetings with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as well as a trilateral meeting with President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert on February 19. In Amman Secretary Rice met with the King Abdullah of Jordan and other members of the Jordanian government.

In addition to a meeting of the Quartet in Berlin, Secretary Rice met with Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Chancellor Merkel. The Quartet discussed the recent agreement reached by the Palestinian government in Saudi Arabia and the next steps in the implementing the Road Map.

Complete List of Secretary Rice's 2007 Travels

Remarks made during the trip
--02/22/07  Roundtable With Traveling Press
--02/21/07  Quartet Press Availability in Berlin, Germany
--02/21/07  Interview With Zain Verjee of CNN
--02/21/07  Press Availability With German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
--02/19/07  Roundtable With Traveling Press
--02/19/07  Remarks After Her Meeting with President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert
--02/19/07  Statement With Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert After Their Meeting
--02/18/07  Interview With Aluf Benn of Ha'aretz
--02/18/07  Roundtable With Print Journalists
--02/18/07  Remarks With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
--02/17/07  Remarks With Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
--02/17/07  Remarks to U.S. Mission Personnel in Iraq
--02/17/07  Briefing En Route Baghdad, Iraq
--02/15/07  Print Roundtable
--02/15/07  Interview With Nadia Bilbassy-Charters of Al Arabiya
--02/02/07  Press Availability with Quartet Members

 Information related to the trip
--02/21/07  Statement of the Middle East Quartet
--02/09/07  Quartet Statement on the Agreement to Form a Palestinian National Unity Government
--02/02/07  Quartet Statement

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