Rice: Arab allies must do more to stabilize Iraq

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates joined forces in the Middle East on Tuesday to push Arab allies to do more to stabilize Iraq and counter the rise of Iran.


Rice and Gates, who will also visit Saudi Arabia, appealed to Arab countries to do more to encourage reconciliation among the warring factions in Iraq. "All parties need to really now throw their weight behind this effort for national reconciliation," said Rice at a news conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit. (Reuters)