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Nancy Pelosi Hospitalized, Released in Rome

House minority leader is in Italy to celebrate national anniversary.

Nancy Pelosi has been released from a hospital in Rome.

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March 21, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has left a hospital in Italy, where she had been taken earlier on Monday after feeling unwell.

“After several flights yesterday in Afghanistan and a long flight back to Italy that arrived early this morning, Leader Pelosi was not feeling well," Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said in a statement.

"This morning in Rome, the Leader was advised to visit a clinic, and the closest medical facility was a hospital. The Leader is now resuming her schedule in Italy," he said.

 

No other details were provided in the statement, but it was soon followed by a message on Pelosi's Twitter feed: "Thanks to everyone for your well wishes-had a very productive trip to Afghanistan and am in Italy resuming meetings now."

Pelosi, who is Italian-American, is in Italy to celebrate the nation's 150th anniversary at the invitation of the president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and she was scheduled to meet with several Italian leaders.

But a meeting earlier on Monday with the lower Italian house leader, Gianfranco Fini, was postponed, and a meeting with Italian Defense Minister Ignazio LaRussa was canceled after Pelosi was hospitalized, according to Agence-France Presse.

Pelosi, who will turn 71 on Saturday, has been traveling with a bipartisan delegation of other lawmakers, which over the weekend arrived in Afghanistan for visits with U.S. troops and briefings from U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and other senior military and civilian officials.

The delegation also met with President Hamid Karzai to discuss the political and security situation in Afghanistan, including the transition of responsibility for security to the Afghans.

In addition to Pelosi, the members of the delegation are: Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.; John Mica, R-Fla.; Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa; and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J.

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