Cheney, Abdullah set to discuss Iran|
AP & Jpost.com staff , THE JERUSALEM POST
Mar. 21, 2008
US Vice President Dick Cheney was set to meet Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh
on Friday for talks expected to focus on the Iranian threat, among other
Cheney's advisors said that a long list of discussion topics included Iran,
Syria, Lebanon, protecting infrastructure against terror attacks and the vice
president's visit this week to Iraq and Afghanistan.
High oil prices socking US consumers will also be a key topic of Friday's
talks but it's unclear whether Cheney will ask the Saudis to increase
Cheney's advisors said he review with the king steps that the consuming and
producing nations can do, both in the short and long term, to stabilize the
"They will review a broad agenda of diplomatic and security issues as well as
where we are now in the global energy market," Cheney's national security
adviser, John Hannah, told reporters on board the vice president's plane as he
flew from Oman to Saudi Arabia. "They will have ample discussions about the
problems that exist in the market and how they might be solved," he added.
Cheney was greeted at the airport by the king and the two shared tea inside
before heading off for the talks.
Meanwhile, President Bush said Thursday that Iran was seeking to become a
nuclear power with a weapon to "destroy people," including others in the Middle
"They've declared they want to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people - some
in the Middle East. And that's unacceptable to the United States, and it's
unacceptable to the world," Bush told told US-funded Radio Farda, which
broadcasts to Iran in Farsi.
Bush's statement came in spite of the New Intelligence Estimate which
apparently downgraded the Iranian threat, stating that Iran had stopped its
weapons program in 2003.
Bush stressed that the US supported Iran's quest for nuclear energy and
expressed hope that Washington and Teheran can "reconcile their differences" if
Iran cooperates with the international community.
In a second interview with the Voice of America's Persian News Network, Bush
expressed America's respect and admiration for the Iranian people. "Please don't
be discouraged by the slogans that say America doesn't like you, because we do,
and we respect you."
Original article: Jerusalem Post
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