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US may delay takeover of ports by Dubai company

AFP , WASHINGTON

"We will continue to talk to people in Congress and explain clearly why the decision was made," Bush said.

The White House also stressed that security at the ports will still fall to the US Coast Guard, US Customs, and US Border Patrol.

Unless delayed or blocked, the transaction is to be finalized on Thursday, and the ports affected are in New York; Miami; Newark, New Jersey; Baltimore, Maryland; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Dubai Ports World has undertaken its own public relations offensive, hiring former US Senator Bob Dole to help salvage the US$6.8 billion deal, according to media reports.

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