Bush seeks 'fresh energy'in relations with Europe

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18 February 2005, BERLIN - US President George W. Bush is seeking a fresh start to relations with Germany and Europe during his forthcoming five-day trip to Europe, the US ambassador to Germany, Daniel Coats, said in an interview on Friday. Coats told Bayerischer Rundfunk the fact that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and President Bush were visiting Germany so soon after the start of the administration's second term was "a clear signal - we are coming to listen, to talk, to hold a dialogue". Coats said

18 February 2005

BERLIN - US President George W. Bush is seeking a fresh start to relations with Germany and Europe during his forthcoming five-day trip to Europe, the US ambassador to Germany, Daniel Coats, said in an interview on Friday.

Coats told Bayerischer Rundfunk the fact that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and President Bush were visiting Germany so soon after the start of the administration's second term was "a clear signal - we are coming to listen, to talk, to hold a dialogue".

Coats said Washington wanted to restore and bring "fresh energy" to relations with Europe and Germany to meet global challenges together. He cited the Middle East peace process, Iraq, terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

"None of these problems can be solved by one country alone," Coats said.

Bush will also be discussing German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's ideas for a reform of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) alliance when the two leaders meet in Mainz on Wednesday, Coats said.

However the idea of convening a council to look at ways of revitalising transatlantic relations was premature, he added.

Bush leaves Sunday on a five-day trip to Europe which includes stops in Belgium, Germany and Slovakia.

DPA

Subject: German news

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