Pelosi to Syria.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is set to visit Syria, a country President Bush has shunned, “despite being asked by the administration not to go.” “In our view, it is not the right time to have these sort of high-profile visitors to Syria,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Friday.

UPDATE: Several members of Congress, including Sens. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and John Kerry (D-MA), have visited Syria in recent months over Bush objections. During his visit, Specter “stressed the importance of reactivating the dialogue between the United States and Syria to achieve security and stability in the Middle East.”

UPDATE II: Pelosi’s office releases a statement: “As recommended by the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan delegation led by Speaker Pelosi intends to discuss a wide range of security issues affecting the United States and the Middle East with representatives of governments in the region, including Syria.”