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Sunday, 25 February, 2001, 16:06 GMT
Colin Powell in the Middle East
US Secretary of State Colin Powell
The new US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, embarks on a six-nation tour of the Middle East, his first foreign trip since taking office.


Anti-Saddam message

Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov

On arriving in Egypt, Mr Powell met with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, where he reiterated his view that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was a danger not only to the US but also the whole Middle East. The BBC's Jon Leyne outlines the challenges of the trip.

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Exchange in Egypt

Colin Powell speaks to reporters in Egypt
Colin Powell speaks to reporters in Egypt

In talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Mr Powell said he recognised that some in Egypt were unhappy about the air raids on Iraq, but he maintained they were justified.

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Israel's peace demand

Greeting Israeli Prime Minister-elect, Ariel Sharon
Greeting Israeli Prime Minister-elect, Ariel Sharon

After meeting Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem, Mr Powell states: "I think we all need to work hard, all sides, to bring the violence under control and get out of this terrible cycle where we have violence and counter violence".

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Protests on the West Bank

A masked Palestinian protester burns a poster of Colin Powell
A masked Palestinian protester burns a poster of Colin Powell

As his tour continued, Mr Powell told both sides that Washington was committed to establishing peace in the Middle East. But his visit sparked protests on the West Bank. As the BBC's Hilary Andersson reports, many Palestinians think the US is a one sided mediator.

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Reaching all sides

Yasser Arafat and Colin Powell leave after talks in Ramallah
Yasser Arafat and Colin Powell leave after talks in Ramallah

Colin Powell backed the Israeli stance that there must be a cessation of violence before talks resume, while at the same time calling for a lifting of the siege on the Palestinian territories.

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Kuwaitis celebrate

Kuwaiti Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Saad Abdullah al-Sabah
Kuwaiti Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Saad Abdullah al-Sabah

Western leaders join celebrations in Kuwait to mark the 10th anniversary of Iraq's defeat in the Gulf War. Speaking at the event, the former American President, George Bush, assured Kuwaitis that the United States would never leave their country undefended.

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Powell's Nato pledge

Colin Powell and Romano Prodi
Colin Powell meets EU President Romano Prodi

US Secretary of State Colin Powell has reassured European allies by underlining American commitment to the Balkans. But he confirmed Washington's intentions to build a national missile defence shield, in the face of wide European objections.

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