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WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman next week will embark on a five-nation tour through the Middle East to enhance the United States' relationship with oil-producing nations, promote sustained investment in conventional and alternative energy sources, and encourage improvements in global energy efficiency.  Secretary Bodman will depart on Monday, January 14, 2008 and travel to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Egypt.

"To increase global energy security, producing and consuming nations alike must make robust investments in a diversity of energy sources, accelerate efforts to increase energy efficiency, and rapidly deploy advanced energy technologies to meet growing energy demand and continue strong economic growth," Secretary Bodman said.

On his trip, Secretary Bodman is expected to meet with senior government officials, U.S. business leaders, and dignitaries in the region.  While in the United Arab Emirates, he will deliver remarks at the Masdar World Future Energy Summit 2008 to highlight the Administration's initiatives aimed at developing and deploying alternative energy technologies to diversify our global energy supply and increasing the availability of clean, affordable, diverse sources of energy around the world.

"To sustain the global economic growth we have seen in recent years, we must work together to encourage transparency and stability in the market and ensure the availability of reliable and affordable energy supplies now and in the future," Secretary Bodman said.

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