President Bush has been holding talks in Kuwait - the first of five Arab states he is visiting - on regional security issues and concerns about Iran. White House officials say Mr. Bush had a good meeting with Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, after he arrived in the Persian Gulf state on Friday.
The president's spokeswoman, Dana Perino, says Mr. Bush thanked the emir for supporting the United States on critical Middle East issues, and also for Kuwait's role in accommodating U.S. troops traveling into and out of Iraq. The president briefed the emir on his talks (this week) in Jerusalem and Ramallah, and his hopes for an agreement that will ensure Israel and a Palestinian state can live side by side in peace, and strengthen the security of all nations in the region. During their talks on Iran, the spokeswoman said Mr. Bush reiterated his belief that the dispute over Tehran's nuclear activities can be resolved diplomatically.