Pelosi Says Syria Is Ready for Peace Talks

House Speaker ends US boycott and meets with Syrian president
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Apr 4, 2007 10:14 AM CDT
Two Syrian security men, foreground, escorted the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, background center, during her tour at a popular market in downtown Damascus, Syria, Tuesday April 3, 2007. President...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Syria is ready to resume peace talks with Israel, based on her meeting with President Bashar al-Assad, the BBC reports. Flying in the face of Bush's Syrian boycott, Pelosi and a congressional delegation are in Damascus meeting with top leaders. Bush said the visit undermined US foreign policy.

"We were very pleased with the assurances we received from the president that he was ready to resume the peace process," Pelosi told the BBC. "The meeting with the president enabled us to communicate a message from Prime Minister Olmert that Israel was ready to engage in peace talks as well."