Two Wins for Diplomacy

The British government has successfully negotiated the release of the 15 sailors held for nearly two weeks in Iran. Meawhile, over in Damascus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made major headway in promoting peace in the Middle East in her meetings with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


The US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has assured her in talks that he is ready to resume peace talks with Israel.

In Damascus, Ms Pelosi also said she gave Mr Assad a similar message from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

She also voiced concerns over Syria’s alleged connections to Hamas and stressed Damascus’ role in peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel.

Her visit angered President Bush, who said it undermined US foreign policy.

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