Egypt's Mubarak hosts Bush for talks

Jan. 16, 2008 at 7:03 AM
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SHARM EL SHEIK, Egypt, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush arrived in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, Wednesday for Middle East peace and policy talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Bush and his entourage flew to the coastal resort city from Saudi Arabia, where three hours was scheduled for talks with Mubarak, Prime Minister Ahmad Nazif and the ministers of international cooperation, foreign affairs, media, investment and Security Chief Omar Suleiman before Bush set out for home.

En route to Egypt aboard Air Force One, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Mubarak understood why the stop was so brief.

"President Mubarak understands that the president needs to get on home -- it's a long time for the president to be away," she said, referring to Bush's eight days of travel centered on an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

She said in addition, Bush would stick to his usual agenda of discussing human rights in Egypt, political reform and freedom with Mubarak.

Bush's tour included stops in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

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