BAD MESSAGE: President Bush said Friday the political storm over a fallen ports deal sent a bad message to U.S. allies in the Middle East.

STRONGER TIES: Better relationships with moderate Arab countries would help win the war on terror, Bush said.

STALLED TALKS: The administration announced a postponement in the next round of negotiations aimed at a free trade agreement with the United Arab Emirates, but wouldn’t say whether it was related to the ports deal.


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