شنبه ۲۰ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۰۶:۵۱ - ۱۰ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
Colin Powell the outgoing Secretary of State in his final tour of Europe asked Europeans to get over their opposition to Iraq war and make every effort to support Iraqi people.
He urged Europeans on Wednesday to put aside their differences with the United States over the Iraq war, arguing that Americans and Europeans have common values and face similar threats that should outweigh the controversies of recent years. Powell emphasised that the cooperation between US and Europe is imperative for the development of democracy in Middle East and the global fight against terrorism.
The European view of the United States "is improving as I speak and will improve more when President Bush visits in February," Mr. Powell said. The White House has said the president's first trip in his second term will be to Europe.
In his speech in Europe Colin Powell said “Whatever our differences about the past and about Iraq, we are now looking forward … we are reaching out to Europe and we hope Europe will reach to us.” He added that it was in the interest of Europeans to work more closely with American even on Iraq.
“The war happened; we now have to defeat an insurgency and give the Iraqi people a chance to decide how they wish to be led through an election” Powell said adding: “It is in no one’s interest, either in North America or in Europe, for Iraq to fail in this effort and to return to days of tyranny of a Saddam Hussein type figure.”
Powell is attending his last meeting at NATO headquarters as secretary on Thursday. He emphasised that NATO’s priorities ahs changed and now most of the conflict that alliance forces face are outside Europe, in Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. officials said Powell's speech was aimed at laying the groundwork for a fence-mending visit to Brussels that President Bush plans to make early next year.