Bush urges Europe to advance Mideast peace

by on February 21st, 2005


“Together we can once again set history on a hopeful course,” Bush said in a keynote speech in Brussels, home of the European Union and NATO, pledging to work in partnership with Europe in implicit contrast to the much-criticized go-it-alone thrust of his first term in office.

The speech, on the first day of a European tour, set the tone for his first trip to the continent since beginning his second term a month ago.

Amid international attempts to coax Israelis and Palestinians into a peace deal and to support Iraq’s fledgling democracy, Bush bluntly said Syria “must end its occupation of Lebanon” and refused to rule out military force over Iran’s own refusal to halt its nuclear ambitions.

Etalkinghead Staff