Thursday, May 3, 2007
Cheney to visit Saudi Arabia on Mideast tour
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney will go on a Middle East tour next week that will include a visit to Saudi Arabia, which has had strained relations with the United States over Iraq in recent months.
The vice president's office said Cheney leaves on Tuesday on a trip to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan "for discussions with the leaders of these nations on key issues of mutual interest."
His trip will include a meeting with Saudi King Abdullah, who in March said Iraq was under an "illegitimate foreign occupation," a charge the White House rejected.
Cheney will hold talks with the president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, as well as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah.
Cheney will also meet U.S. military commanders and speak with U.S. troops stationed in the Gulf region, his office said without providing more details.
Cheney was last in Saudi Arabia in November."
Final preparations before the attack on Iran?? Making sure that the Arab Quarpets stay obedient?