US First Lady Laura Bush on Tuesday launched a joint drive with Saudi Arabia to fight breast cancer on the second leg of a Middle East tour aimed at spreading awareness of the disease.
Bush hailed the women she has met during visits to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. "The one thing that I have been very impressed with are women in the UAE and women here that I've had the chance to meet so far in Saudi Arabia," Bush told reporters after touring a cancer screening in Riyadh.
Flanked by her female guide, Dr Huda Abdul Karim, Bush described the women she met as "educated" and "interested in working with women on issues like breast cancer."
According to AFP, Bush flew into a Riyadh air base from Dubai, greeted by Prince Faisal bin Abdullah, son of the Saudi monarch and an honorary chairman of the Saudi Cancer Society. The prince later signed a memorandum of understanding under which Saudi Arabia joined the US-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research to which the UAE and Jordan are already party.
Jordan will be the last stop on Bush's tour ending Friday. It also includes a stop Wednesday in Kuwait.