U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks on issues including how to stop the sectarian violence in Iraq.
Cheney is expected to ask Saudi officials to use their influence with Iraq's Sunni Arab minority to help stabilize the country. U.S. officials say the Saudi government has been a strong ally in the region.
The vice president's talks with King Abdullah also will include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the situation in Lebanon.
On Wednesday, President Bush is to open talks about Iraqi security with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Jordan.
The Bush administration is reviewing its strategy in Iraq in hopes of stopping the rise in sectarian violence and continued attacks on coalition forces.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.