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U.S. House Speaker Arrives In Syria


http://gdb.rferl.org/11FADDA5-F6CA-417C-9B8A-4B6F235BDB5F_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/11FADDA5-F6CA-417C-9B8A-4B6F235BDB5F_mw800_mh600.jpg Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallim (right) welcomes Pelosi to Damascus today (AFP) April 3, 2007 -- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus today on a visit that the White House has criticized as a move that undermines U.S. foreign policy.

Pelosi has said her talks with Syrian officials are an important step toward renewing dialogue with Damascus.

She is scheduled to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on April 4.

Washington accuses Syria of interfering in Iraq and Lebanon and sponsoring terrorism. Damascus denies the charges.

Pelosi is on a Middle East tour that has already taken her to Lebanon and Israel. She will continue on to visit Saudi Arabia.

(AFP, AP, SANA)
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