President George W. Bush held talks with Saudi King Abdullah on Friday to seek help in taming record oil prices and shore up Arab support for his efforts to contain Iran's growing influence. Bush, on his second visit to Saudi Arabia this year, was renewing his appeal for a boost in OPEC output amid rising pressure at home to do something about high fuel costs weighing on the economy. But he was expected to fare no better than he did in January, when he was rebuffed by the Saudi monarch. "We do count on the OPEC countries to keep adequate supplies out there, so the president will talk again with the king about that," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters travelling with Bush. As Bush flew into Riyadh, the White House said the United States, the world's largest energy consumer, had agreed to help protect the resources of the world's top oil exporter and help it in developing peaceful nuclear energy. The announcement came as Bush ended a three-day trip to Israel where he vowed to oppose Iran's nuclear ambitions. While Bush was likely to find common ground on Iran with Abdullah, the Saudi monarch has shown little sign of budging in his resistance to Bush's calls to get OPEC to pump more oil into world markets. Since Bush's last visit, oil prices have jumped nearly $30 to around $126 a barrel, adding to U.S. recession fears and ratcheting up political pressure on the White House. "Clearly the price of gas is too high for Americans," Perino said. "We have not enough supply and too high demand. Trying to get more supply out there is good for everyone." Despite U.S. frustration with the Saudi position, it was all smiles and handshakes as Abdullah greeted the president and first lady Laura Bush on the airport tarmac.