President Bush called the leaders of Egypt and Jordan Thursday to discuss his Middle East peace plan. Mr. Bush sees these countries as crucial players in the peace process.
The president is stepping up his telephone diplomacy with regional leaders, now that they have had time to digest his peace proposals.
The latest calls were to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah. The White House is providing few details of the conversations, except to say they focused on the follow-up to Mr. Bush's June 24 speech on the middle east.
In that much anticipated address, the president said an interim Palestinian state could be established once certain conditions are met, including the election of new Palestinian leadership.
Reports from the region indicate the Egyptian and Jordanian leaders told President Bush that quick action is needed to get the peace process back on track. Earlier this week, Mr. Bush discussed his mideast proposals by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah.