President Bush will make a diplomatic trip to Europe in February. During the trip, he will meet leaders of the European Union and NATO. The trip is
being called a move to rebuild a relationship strained by the war in Iraq.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Bush will visit NATO and the European Union on Feb. 22 in a move to rebuild transatlantic relations at the start of
his second term, European NATO diplomats said Thursday.
Secretary of State Colin Powell, who is in Brussels for a NATO foreign ministers' meeting, said Wednesday that Bush planned to make the first overseas
visit after his inauguration next month to Europe but gave no date.
"We are reaching out to Europe and we hope that Europe will reach out to us," he said in a public lecture, appealing for more European help to
stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Blair has been lobbying hard to help mend the transatlantic fence, and has made it a goal / priority of his. European help would no doubt be welcome
in Iraq as the nation rebuilds. However, while many will pin hopes on this trip, I doubt that anything substantive will come of it. Bush can then say
he tried and leave it at that.
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