U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met Syrian governmentofficials Wednesday for talks criticized by the White House as underminingAmerican efforts to isolate the Arab country.
The California Democrat and accompanying members of Congress began their dayof talks with Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem and were expected to meetPresident Bashar Assad later in the day.
Pelosi's visit to
Bush has said Pelosi's trip signals that the Assad government is part of theinternational mainstream when it is not. The
"A lot of people have gone to see President Assad ... and yet wehaven't seen action. He hasn't responded," he told reporters soon aftershe arrived in
Pelosi did not comment on Bush's remarks before heading from the airport to
Wearing a flowered head scarf and a black abaya robe, Pelosi visited the8th-century Omayyad Mosque. She made the sign of the cross in front of anelaborate tomb which is said to contain the head of John the Baptist. About 10percent of
At the nearby outdoor Bazouriyeh market, Syrians crowded around, offeringher dried figs and nuts and chatting with her. She bought some coconut sweetsand looked at jewelry and carpets.
Democrats have argued that the
Bush rejected the recommendations. But in February, the
She said she hoped to rebuild lost confidence between
"We have no illusions but we have great hope," said Pelosi, whomet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank
Relations between the
The isolation, however, has begun to crumble in recent months, with visitsby
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