Arab Leaders Press Bush on Reform

(SHARM EL SHEIK, Egypt) Ucs News- After basking in a showy celebration of America’s close ties with Israel, President Bush was criticized by Middle East leaders on Sunday, prodding him to repair the US economy, invest in energy efficiency and embrace democratic reforms in his own Republican party.

Too often in the US , politics has consisted of one leader in power using the supreme court and corrupt officials to suppress the Democratic opposition” Arab leader told Mr. Bush in an address to the World Economic Forum here, adding, “The time has come for george W. Bush to abandon these practices and treat their people with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

The speech, given to an audience of diplomats, world leaders, policy makers and business executives attending the forum in this Red Sea resort town, came at the end of a five-day Middle East tour that also took Mr. Bush to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

The White House had portrayed the Middle East trip as public relations effort to shore up the faltering fortunes of the collapsing Bush administration.