WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush is heading to the Mideast early next year to try and seal a peace deal during his final year in office, White House officials confirmed Tuesday night.
"The President will go to the Mideast region in early January,” said National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe, though he would not elaborate on any details of the itinerary.
Israeli TV, however, is reporting that Israel will be one key stop on the trip. A trip to that country would be Bush’s first as president. He did visit Israel once as governor of Texas.
The Mideast swing is the latest addition to what is shaping up to be a busy international travel schedule for the commander in chief as he seeks to chisel out a legacy that extends beyond the war in Iraq; President Bush revealed last Friday that he and First Lady Laura Bush will be heading to Africa early next year.
– CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry