August 27, 2002

                        

Saudi Ambassador Visits Bush Ranch
Tue Aug 27, 8:58 AM ET

By LEIGH STROPE, Associated Press Writer

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - President Bush is opening his ranch to Saudi Arabia's ambassador, hoping a family-style lunch and tour of his 1,600-acre spread will help thaw relations chilled by the Sept. 11 attacks and questions about the kingdom's commitment to defeating terrorists.

Bush was to meet Tuesday with Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and top items on the agenda included the war on terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Those discussions likely would turn to Iraq, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.

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