- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 12, 2008

AL-AYYAM (West Bank)

Bush presents ‘security package’

WEST BANK | Israeli sources revealed that President Bush will announce during Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s visit to Washington a “security package” that includes defenses against long-range missiles. The sources said the United States has never granted such a package to any other country in the past.

AL-RIYADH (Saudi Arabia)

Israel ‘inevitably’ will disappear

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a news conference on the sidelines of a food summit in Rome that Israel will disappear with or without the participation of Iran. He added that the United States has brought nothing to the Middle East except threats, pressure and coercion.

AZ-ZAMAN

Iraq at odds with U.S.

LONDON | The Iraqi government has announced that it has not reached a common vision with Washington over organizing the U.S. presence in Iraq and strategic relations. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said there were still differences with the Americans over Iraq’s refusal to compromise on the rights of Iraqis and their sovereignty.

TISHREEN (Syria)

Syria wants prisoner release

Syria has asked the International Red Cross to move immediately to secure the release of all Syrian prisoners held in Israeli jails following the occupation of the Golan Heights. The government blamed Israel for the deterioration of the prisoners’ health conditions; some of whom have been in jail for 23 years.

AL-BAYAN (United Arab Emirates)

Assad to visit Beirut

Syrian diplomats said their country has started preparations to open an embassy in Lebanon and is in the process of naming an ambassador to Beirut. The diplomats revealed that Syrian President Bashar Assad will visit the Lebanese capital in the second half of June, adding that Damascus was expected to invite Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to Syria to review the relationship between the two countries.

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