Miliband: 2009 may bring about change in the Middle East

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he is hopeful that 2009 will be an opportunity to bring change to the Middle East. Miliband arrived in Beirut after visiting Syria, Israel and the West Bank as part of a Mideast tour. Speaking Wednesday after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, he said the next year will be one of change globally because there is a new American president and there will be elections in Israel, Lebanon and Iran, adding that every country needs to think what contributions it wants to make toward peace and stability in the Middle East. He also expressed support for Lebanon's independence and democracy.