Cheney, Crown Prince Abdullah Meet

Vice President Dick Cheney (search) met on Sunday with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah ahead of the Saudi's talks Monday at President Bush's ranch, where oil prices, terrorism and democratic reforms in the Middle East will top the agenda.

Cheney and Abdullah met at a hotel where Abdullah was spending part of his five-day stay in the United States (search). The White House refused to provide details about the meeting.

Cheney also met with the son of a former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri (search), who was assassinated on Feb. 14. Hariri's killing led to massive anti-Syrian protests and international pressure that forced Syria to begin withdrawing its army from Lebanon.

Cheney expressed condolences to Hariri's son, Saadeddine Hariri, White House spokeswoman Christie Parell said.