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23 April 2024

Bush wraps up Middle East visit on peace, Iran, oil

By Agencies


President George W. Bush ends a Middle East trip on Wednesday in which he told regional allies that Iran is a threat, Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts need support, and high oil prices are in no one's interest.
Bush headed for Egypt after spending two nights in Saudi Arabia stressing close personal ties and during an overnight stay at King Abdullah's desert ranch planned to bring up his concern about oil prices that have hit $100 a barrel.
"My point to his Majesty is going to be, when consumers have less purchasing power because of high prices of gasoline ... it could cause this economy to slow down. If the economy slows down, there will be less barrels of oil purchased," he said in an interview with a small group of reporters.

But the dominating themes of Bush's trip, which ends on Wednesday after his Egyptian stop, were Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and US tensions with Iran.