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US Rice To Leave For Middle East, Europe Friday January 9, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–Israel will be the first stop for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice when she sets out Friday on a weeklong tour of the Middle East and Europe.

Rice also will visit the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Germany and the U.K., State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Tuesday.

The trip is part of a long-promised effort to promote an Israeli-Palestinian settlement.

McCormack said Rice also will travel on a subsequent trip to Paris for a Lebanon donors conference on Feb. 24-25.

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