Rice will visit ME 'leaders with a vision'

September 28, 2006 21:26

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to Saudi Arabia, Egypt Israel and the Palestinian territories next week to discuss the possibility of new openings for peace, the State Department announced. She would consult with leaders "who have a vision for a more moderate, peaceful, democratic, stable and prosperous Middle East," said the department's spokesman, Sean McCormack. In addition to the Israel-Palestinian dispute, McCormack said Rice will seek to move her democracy agenda forward and discuss and threats to stability and moderation in the region, including Iran, Hamas and Hizbullah. Her discussions follow up on some of her conversations at the United Nations in recent days, McCormack said.

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