JERUSALEM — President Bush has yet to fulfill a key diplomatic promise to name an envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a promise he made seven months ago.
He arrives here today to start a tour of six Middle Eastern countries.
Mr. Bush pledged during a June speech to name the first U.S. envoy to the OIC, a grouping of 57 Muslim states with headquarters in Saudi Arabia. The crowd at the Islamic Center of Washington, which was quiet for much of the speech, responded with enthusiastic applause.
Saudi Arabia is one of the stops on Mr. Bush's tour to promote peace in the face of Islamic terrorism, but the White House will not be naming a representative during the trip.