Secretary of State Colin Powell says the key to President Bush's summit with Arab leaders in Egypt today was that Mahmoud Abbas was there -- and Yasser Arafat wasn't.
Abbas -- the new Palestinian prime minister -- was among five Arab leaders endorsing Bush's peace "road map." That plan includes a Palestinian state and an end to terror attacks on Israel.
The administration has long rejected Arafat as a roadblock to peace.
Powell says Abbas represents "transformed" Palestinian leadership -- committed to cracking down on militants and ending corruption.
Meantime, Powell is warning Arafat not to play a "spoiler" role. He says with Israel and the world community ready to create a state of Palestine, for Arafat to inject himself into the process would be "very, very unfortunate."