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U.S. Presidential travel to the Mideast
By: H. B. Jeddah, Feb 7th, 2001
 The Mideast has received visits by many of the U.S. presidents, although some have spent more time and efforts in the region than others. A look at presidential travel to the Mideast since the Roosevelt administration:

Egypt

Total visits by Franklin D. Roosevelt (3)
November 22-26, 1943
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Cairo
Attended First Cairo Conference with British Prime Minister Churchill and Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.

December 24, 1943
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Cairo
Attended Second Cairo Conference with British Prime Minister Churchill and Turkish President Inonu.

February 13-15, 1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Great Bitter Lake, Suez Canal, Alexandria
Met with King Farouk, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, Saudi Arabian King Ibn Saud, and British Prime Minister Churchill.

Total visits by Richard M. Nixon (1)
June 12-14, 1974
Richard M. Nixon
Cairo, Alexandria
Met with President Sadat.

Total visits by Jimmy Carter (3)
January 4, 1978
Jimmy Carter
Aswan
Met with President Sadat and German Chancellor Schmidt.

March 7-10, 1979
Jimmy Carter
Cairo, Alexandria, Giza
State visit; met with President Sadat and addressed People's Assembly.

March 13, 1979
Jimmy Carter
Cairo
Met with President Sadat.

Total visits by George Bush (1)
November 22-23, 1990
George Bush
Cairo
Discussed the Persian Gulf crisis with President Mubarak.

Total visits by William J. Clinton (4)
October 25-26, 1994
William J. Clinton
Cairo
Met with President Mubarak and PLO Chairman Arafat.

March 13, 1996
William J. Clinton
Sharm al- Sheikh
Attended the Summit of the Peacemakers.

August 29, 2000
William J. Clinton
Met with President Mubarak


October 15-16, 2000
William J. Clinton
Taba
Attended emergency Mideast summit with regional leaders including President Mubarak, Chairman Arafat and Israeli Prime minister Barak.

Total visits to Egypt from 1943 to 2000 12visits by 5presidents.


Israel

Total visits by Richard M. Nixon (1)
June 16-17, 1974
Richard M. Nixon
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem
Met with President Katzir and Prime Minister Rabin.

Total visits by Jimmy Carter (1)
March 10-13, 1979
Jimmy Carter
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem
State visit; met with President Navon and Prime Minister Begin. Addressed the Knesset.

Total visits by William J. Clinton (4)
October 27-28, 1994
William J. Clinton
Jerusalem
Met with senior Israeli officials and addressed the Knesset.

November 5-6, 1995
William J. Clinton
Jerusalem
Attended the funeral of Prime Minister Rabin.

March 13-14, 1996
William J. Clinton
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv
Discussed cooperation against terrorism with senior Israeli officials.

December 12-15, 1998
William J. Clinton
Jerusalem, Masada
Met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and senior Israeli officials.

Total visits to Israel up to the year 2000 6visits by 3presidents.


Jordan
June 17-18, 1974
Richard M. Nixon (1)
Amman
State visit; met with King Hussein.

Total visits by William J. Clinton (2)
October 26-27, 1994
William J. Clinton
Aqaba, Wadi Arava, Amman
Attended signing of the Israel-Jordan peace agreement and addressed the Jordanian Parliament.

February 8, 1999
William J. Clinton
Amman
Attended funeral of King Hussein.

Total visits to Jordan up to the year 2000 3visits by 2presidents.


Palestinian Authority
December 14 and 15, 1998
William J. Clinton(1)
Gaza, Bethlehem, Erez
Addressed Palestine National Council; attended a meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chairman Arafat at Erez.

Total visits to the  Palestinian Authority up to the year 2000, 1 visit by 1 president.
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Saudi Arabia
Total visits by Richard M. Nixon (1)
June 14-15, 1974
Richard M. Nixon
Jeddah
Met with King Faisal.

Total visits by Jimmy Carter (1)
January 3-4, 1978
Jimmy Carter
Riyadh
Met with King Khaled and Crown Prince Fahd.

Total visits by George Bush (2)
November 21-22, 1990
George Bush
Jeddah, Dhahran
Met with King Fahd and the Amir of Kuwait. Addressed U.S. and British military personnel in eastern Saudi Arabia.

December 31, 1992
George Bush
Riyadh
Met with King Fahd.

Total visits by William J. Clinton (1)
October 28, 1994
William J. Clinton
King Khalid Military City
Met with King Fahd.

Total visits to Saudi Arabia up to the year 2000, 5 visits by 4 presidents.


Syria
June 15-16, 1974
Richard M. Nixon
Damascus
Met with President Assad.

October 27, 1994
William J. Clinton
Damascus
Met with President Assad.

Total visits to Syria up to the year 2000, 2 visits by 2 presidents.


Saudia-Online.com
Source:
State Department on presidential travel: http://www.state.gov/

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