4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"Today, as Secretary of State, the Middle East requires and deserves a great deal of my attention. The Middle East Policy has emphasized winning the war on terrorism, disarming Iraq and bringing the Arab-Israeli conflict to an end. The war on terrorism is not confined to the Middle East, our friends there have a very important stake in that conflict and in winning that conflict because many have suffered the scourge of terrorism first hand."
5. Wide view audience
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"I am pleased to announce the initial results of our work, an innovative set of programmes and a framework for future cooperation that we call the US Middle East Partnership Initiative. The US Middle East Partnership Initiative is a bridge between the United States and the Middle East, between our governments and our peoples. An initiative that spans the hope gap with energy, ideas and funding. Our partnership initiative is a continuation and a deepening of our long-standing commitment to working with all the peoples of the Middle East to improve their daily lives and to help them face the future with hope."
7. Push in view of Powell speaking
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Colin Powell, US Secretary of State:
"We have been working on this since before 9/11 and I think it is something that can be seen as totally separate from 9/11. We should do this because it is the right thing to do. The pillars I talked about, the programmes I talked about are relevant before and after 9/11, perhaps after 9/11 somewhat more relevant because to the extent that you have populations where people are angry, people are frustrated, people do not feel that their lives are improving then you have the possibility of additional radicalization of the population."