CBS/AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pledged on Friday to put differences with European critics of U.S. Iraq policy aside and “put our alliance to work” on current challenges. She also sought to play down any prospect of U.S. military action against Iran.
Standing alongside German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, a harsh critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, Rice urged the world community to show support for “the people of Iraq who, on Sunday demonstrated they are prepared to set aside fear and their past and try to build a new and free society.”
Berlin was her second stop on a weeklong tour of Europe and the Middle East.
“Now is the time for our diplomacy to put our alliance to work in the service of great goals and great opportunities that stand before us,” she said.