IN PICS: World Economic Forum

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East kicked off in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday. US President George W. Bush addressed the forum during the opening session. During his speech, Bush sought to reassure sceptical Arabs he is committed to securing a deal on Palestinian statehood before he leaves office. (Getty Images)
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appears on a screen as he addresses the audience at the opening of the WEF. Mubarak said that any peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians must meet Palestinian demands. (Getty Images)
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Mubarak and Klaus Schwab (L), founder and chairman of the WEF take the stage at the opening of the WEF on May 18. (Getty Images)
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Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks during an address to the WEF on May 18. The WEF meeting, dubbed the Davos of the Middle East, has brought together 1,500 people, including heads of state, business leaders and ministers from 55 countries, under the theme
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Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni addresses the WEF on May 18. (Getty Images)
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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (C) answers questions at the WEF. (Getty Images)
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Livni (C) sits next to Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (CR) during the opening session of the WEF. (Getty Images)
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Mubarak (2nd L) meets with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai (L) with Suleiman (R) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit Gheit (2nd R) on May 18 on the sidelines of the WEF. (Getty Images)
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Fayyad listens to an address during the opening session of the WEF. (Getty Images)
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Mubarak (R) meets Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah after the opening session of the WEF. (Getty Images)
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Egypt's Intellegance chief Omar Suleiman (L) talks with Yossi Beilin (R), former Israeli justice minister and one of the chief Israeli architects of the 1993 Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians, as Gheit (C) stands by at the opening session of the WEF. (Getty Images)
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Fayyad (C) exchanges a few words with World Bank President Robert ZoellicK (L) as he and Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (R) take a seat during the opening session of the WEF on May 18. (Getty Images)
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Abbas meets with Slovenia's President Danilo Turk (R) during a meeting before the WEF on May 18. (Getty Images)
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Frans Muller (L), chief executive officer of Metro Cash and Carry International, speaks while sitting next to Egyptian Industry and Trade Minister Rashed Mohammed Rashed at the WEF on May 18. (Getty Images)
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Makhdoom Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, prime minister of Pakistan, speaks to journalists during a press conference on day two of the WEF on May 19. The three-day event focuses on the impact of global market trends on the Middle East. (Getty Images)