US & Europe relationship 'in good shape': Rice

20th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (AFP) - Relations between the United States and its European allies, including Iraq war opponents France and Germany, are "in very good shape," White House national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Thursday.

WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (AFP) - Relations between the United States and its European allies, including Iraq war opponents France and Germany, are "in very good shape," White House national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said Thursday.

"It's better than it sounds," Rice said, recalling a similar phrase used by writer Mark Twain to describe the music of German composer Richard Wagner.

"We've had differences with some allies, France and Germany, but not with all European countries," she said in a speech at the US Institute of Peace.

She noted that 16 NATO member countries are currently present in Iraq and added that Washington is in "complete agreement, including with France and Germany, that a free and stable Iraq is in the interest of everybody, that we cannot afford to fail in Iraq."

She also said that, while the United States had initially been the most concerned about Iran, other countries had come to agree with Washington, particularly with regard to Iranian officials' handling of nuclear matters.

"We have very good cooperation with European allies" on Iran, she said.

Rice added that the positions of Britain, France and Germany "are very consistent with what the United States believes" today.

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Subject: French news

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