Bush Prepares For Mideast Trip

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

White House (AP) President Bush is preparing to embark on his latest Mideast trip.

Tomorrow, the president heads to Jerusalem to celebrate Israel's 60th birthday. He will also pay his second visit this year to Saudi King Abdullah and meet with Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan leaders in egypt.

Plus he'll seek progress on the Palestinian-Israeli peace deal he wants by year's end. But national security adviser Stephen Hadley does not foresee a big three-way summit.

Hadley says two-way talks are proving useful.

But skeptics say those talks are so bogged down a major summit now risks a spectacular failure.

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