House Speaker Pelosi in Saudi Arabia

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi met with Saudi King Abdullah when she first arrived in the kingdom Wednesday and was meeting Thursday with several members of the Shura Council.

House Speaker Pelosi in Saudi Arabia

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi continued her Mideast tourThursday, a day after coming under sharp attack from the Bush administrationfor meeting with Syria'sleader.

Pelosi arrived in Saudi Arabia,a key U.S. ally, Wednesdaynight from Syria, where shedefied the White House's Middle East policy by meeting with President BasharAssad and insisting "the road to Damascusis a road to peace."

She met with Saudi King Abdullah when she first arrived in the kingdomWednesday and was meeting Thursday with several members of the Shura Council,an unelected advisory assembly named by the king.

The Bush administration accuses Syriaof backing Hamas and has rejected direct talks with Damascus until its changes its ways.

The Bush administration also claims Syriais fueling Iraq's violenceby allowing Sunni insurgents to operate from its territory and is destabilizingLebanon'sgovernment

Pelosi was the highest-ranking American politician to visit Syriasince relations began to deteriorate in 2003. Then-Secretary of State ColinPowell went to Damascusin May 2003.

She was accompanied by a delegation of five congressional Democrats and OhioRepublican Dave Hobson. Their meeting with Assad included a lunch in Damascus' historic Old City.

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