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Secretary Rice: Travel to Middle East, July 30 - August 2, 2007

Secretary Rice Signs Assistance Package for Palestinian Security
(Aug. 2):
I am looking forward today to signing with Prime Minister Fayyad the $80 million assistance package for Palestinian security. This allows us to give a quick infusion of funds to security reform here that is consistent with a broader international effort to reform and professionalize the Palestinian security forces because, as you have said, rule of law and security are at the core of being able to have functioning government, to have functioning opportunities for your people."

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Secretary Rice meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a working dinner at the Prime Ministers residence. Photo credit: Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv
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Secretary Rice traveled to the Middle East. During her stops in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, she was accompanied by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; the two met with their counterparts to discuss the ways in which Iraq's neighbors can help advance the cause of security and stability in that country. While in Sharm el-Sheikh, Secretary Rice met with the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Egypt, and Jordan to consult on regional issues. Secretary Rice also traveled to Jerusalem and Ramallah for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials that will continue discussions on the development of a political horizon.

Complete List of Secretary Rice's 2007 Travels

Remarks made during the trip
--08/02/07  Interview With Kimberly Dozier of CBS
--08/02/07  Briefing En Route Andrews Air Force Base
--08/02/07  Press Availability with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
--08/01/07 Remarks With Israeli President Shimon Peres
--08/01/07 Remarks With Israeli Foreign Minister Tzippi Livni
--08/01/07 Press Availability With Defense Secretary Gates and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud
--07/31/07 Press Roundtable With Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
--07/31/07 Press Availibility With Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit
--07/30/07 On-the-Record Briefing En Route Egypt
--07/30/07 Assistance Agreements with Gulf States, Israel and Egypt
--07/30/07 Briefing by Under Secretary Burns on U.S. Aid and Military Support to the Middle East Region
--07/25/07 Interview on Al Hurra Television With Michel Ghandour
--07/25/07 Interview on Radio Sawa With Samir Nader

Information related to the trip
--08/02/07  Framework Agreement to Assist Palestinian Security Sector Reform
--07/31/07 Joint Statement Following July 31 Meeting

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