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Tonight, President Bush will board Air Force One to travel to Israel, the West Bank, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Senior staff will post entries featuring highlights from the Presidents trip. We hope you will check back to read the latest Notes from the Middle East.
This trip will reflect the Presidents commitment to the Middle East region and his belief that the future of the region has a direct impact on the security of America.
Throughout his Administration, the President has worked hard to put building blocks in place that will help create lasting peace in the Middle East. On June 24th, 2002, he became the first U.S. President to call for the creation of a Palestinian state. During his Second Inaugural Address, he unveiled the Freedom Agenda to strengthen the United States commitment to advancing freedom and democracy as the great alternatives to repression and radicalism.
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In November 2007, he hosted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, and other international leaders at the Annapolis Conference which laid the foundation for the establishment of a new Palestinian state that will live side by side with Israel in peace and security.
The President believes that the Israeli and Palestinian people now have a critical opportunity to agree upon a vision that will lead to a safer and more secure Middle East. He will help the two leaders focus on the big picture and encourage them in their efforts.
During his tour of the Region, he will:
His trip will include:
Meetings with the President and Prime Minister of Israel
Meetings with the President and Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority
Visit to Yad Vashem
Travel to Kuwait
Meeting with General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker
Visit with U.S. Troops stationed at Camp Arifjan
Roundtable on Democracy and Development with Kuwaiti women Travel to Bahrain for a meeting with King Hamad
Visit the U.S. Fifth Fleet
Travel to the United Arab Emirates for a meeting with President Khalifa
Remarks in Abu Dhabi
Travel to Dubai for meetings
Travel to Saudi Arabia for meetings with King Abdullah
Meetings in Riyadh
Travel to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for meetings
Depart Sharm el-Sheikh for Andrews Air Force Base
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