- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - The cost of United States’ Middle East diplomacy is going up.

U.S. officials say the State Department will spend about $1 million to renovate, reconfigure and furnish the Washington workspace of special Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell and outfit satellite offices for him in Jerusalem and in New York, where he lives.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood says that $27,000 has already been set aside to upgrade Mitchell’s sixth-floor suite at the department’s headquarters and that more money may be needed. The cost of the other offices is still being determined, but officials say they expect the price for all three, excluding additional staff, to reach seven figures.

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