US Secretary of State Middle East legacy
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has told the BBC she believes the Middle East is a better place for the policies of President George W Bush.
Asked to assess the outgoing US administration's legacy, she said she was especially proud of the situation in the Palestinian territories.
She insisted that what she called a US-inspired "freedom agenda" had taken hold in the Middle East.
Ms Rice also said Iraq had become a "good Arab friend" of America.
"The Middle East is a different place and a better place," Ms Rice told BBC Arabic TV.
Iraq, far from being destroyed, was fully integrated into the Arab world, she said.
Elsewhere, Syrian forces were out of Lebanon and women had the vote in Kuwait, she noted.
"Democracy is finally in the vocabulary of the Middle East in a way it was not before," Ms Rice said.
She predicted that the "democracy agenda, the freedom agenda" would continue in the Middle East under the next US presidential administration because, she said, the people of the region wanted it.
Asked about what she was particularly proud of, Ms Rice responded:
"I don't think that you have had an administration that has more actively been seeking a Palestinian state...
"This president... has launched the most active and robust negotiations towards a two-state solution that perhaps the region has ever seen," she said.
"The Palestinians now have a peace process that is the most serious one in many many years."