Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

Global War on Terror Is Top U.S. Priority, Powell Says

Global War on Terror Is Top U.S. Priority, Powell Says

U.S. Secretary of state outlines Bush's second term foreign policy priorities. Washington D.C., November 9, 2004. Source: State Department.

The global war against terrorism, strengthening alliances and resolving regional conflicts are foreign policy priorities of the Bush administration's second term, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Briefing reporters November 8 en route to Mexico City, Mexico, to attend the 21st meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Binational Commission, Powell, in response to a question, outlined foreign policy priorities for the second Bush term.

"First and foremost, the Global War on Terror will remain a priority of the administration," said Powell.

This includes close cooperation with Pakistan to defeat the al-Qaida and Taliban elements that are working in the frontier areas of Pakistan, as well as continuing to fight those elements in Afghanistan that are trying to stop Afghanistan's progress toward democracy, Powell said.

"We will continue to consolidate the success that we have seen in Afghanistan as manifested in the presidential elections and get Afghanistan ready for the parliamentary elections next Spring," Powell said. He added that the United States will continue to support Afghanistan's reconstruction activities and efforts to resettle Afghan refugees who have returned to the country.

Calling Iraq a "major priority" for the second term, Powell said the United States is looking forward to the Iraqi elections in January 2005. Noting recent developments, he said U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has agreed to increase the size of the U.N. presence in Iraq and that voter registration packages are being distributed.

"And, as you know, we have begun an operation in Fallujah today to take back Fallujah and to defeat this hornet's nest of insurgent activity and terrorist activity [in Iraq]," added Powell.

On the Arab-Israeli conflict, Powell said: "the United States stands by to work very actively to get the Road Map moving forward."

Powell said the second Bush administration will continue to work to strengthen U.S. alliances in Asia and Europe and enhance U.S. relations with India and Pakistan. Through having good relations with both India and Pakistan, the secretary explained, the United States aims to "serve a useful role as a friend" to both countries as they continue to reach out to each other and work on the difficult issues outstanding between them.

Powell said President Bush wants to have a "strong relationship with all of our European friends and allies and notwithstanding any disagreements we have had in the past."

Noting cooperation such as NATO support for training of Iraqi security personnel, France's commanding of multilateral forces in Afghanistan and in Kosovo, and the European Union's recent financial commitment for Iraq, Powell said he will be in Europe in the coming weeks to attend EU, NATO and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe meetings, as well as other bilateral meetings.

Powell also said the second Bush administration will continue to press in Africa to resolve regional conflicts, in Sudan, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Cote d'Ivoire.

On Sudan, the United States is "doing everything we can" to expedite the arrival of the 5000-member African Union force into the Darfur region, said Powell, adding that he is concerned the force in not being introduced as rapidly as necessary. Powell said the U.S. is watching very carefully to make sure the Sudanese government does not "back off" or "start backsliding" on any of the openings they made to allow free movement of goods and humanitarian supplies into the Darfur region. "So yes, we are concerned. It's always a subject to be taken up again by the [U.N. Security] Council, but it's a very difficult issue," he said. "We will continue to press it."

"But there is a lot going on, and so much of it is positive and really is evidence of the president's National Security Strategy of reaching out, of partnerships, of open trade, of fighting disease, of fighting poverty, of increasing assistance to nations around the world," said Powell.

"Yes, I understand the importance of Iraq; I understand the overhang that that and the Middle East have on how we are viewed in the world and the impression that some people have of us," he said. "But, it's an impression that will change as we start showing our success such as the kind of success we showed in Afghanistan [recently]."


Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin





Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).

Contact