Rice: Mideast has 'everything at stake' in Iraq

Iraq's neighbors in the Middle East have "everything at stake" if that country fails, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said ahead of two international meetings about the country. Festering tensions between Iraq and its neighbors are complicating US efforts to round up key aid - including debt relief - before the two-day summit later this week in Egypt. "The region has everything at stake here; Iraq's neighbors have everything at stake here," Rice told reporters traveling with her to a gathering that will include US adversaries Iran and Syria. "Iraq is at the center of either a stable Middle East or an unstable Middle East, and we should therefore all align our policies," to strengthen Iraq and its young democratic government, Rice said.