The White House has continued to criticize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for visiting Syria, while ignoring an earlier trip by a Republican congressional delegation. The speaker’s office maintains that it is worth meeting with “every country that has an interest in avoiding a chaotic Iraq.”


U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as she continues a visit to Syria that has angered the White House.

President George W. Bush has said her visit undermines U.S. foreign policy.

Ms. Pelosi brushed off criticism, saying dialogue with Syria was key to solving the Iraq and Lebanon crises.

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