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Saudi Arabia ambassador visits Bush

WASHINGTON — President Bush had a courtesy visit from Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, the White House said Friday.

Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz was at the White House on Thursday in his capacity as the longest-serving member of the diplomatic corps, said White House spokeswoman Mary Ellen Countryman. She did not reveal what the prince discussed with Bush.

Bush also spoke with the emir of Bahrain on Thursday, but they did not talk about oil issues, said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.

The White House would not say whether Bush is hoping to head off the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' decision to produce less oil in an effort to maintain current prices.

"We are talking with our allies in OPEC, and we are going to continue to pursue a comprehensive national energy strategy here that will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil," McClellan said.

OPEC oil ministers, meeting in Vienna, agreed Friday to cut production but did not say by how much. Some delegates have suggested a reduction of at least 1 million barrels a day, roughly 4 percent of OPEC's targeted output.

McClellan would not comment on that decision. "We're just not going to weigh in in advance of every single OPEC meeting," he said.