Overview of Transatlantic Relations Prior to President Bush's Visit to Europe, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, February 16, 2005 [open pdf - 592KB]
From the opening statement of Elton Gallegly: "United States relations with its European allies and friends in both NATO and the European Union (EU) have been severely strained over the last few years due to the crisis in Iraq and other foreign policy and trade disputes. The Bush Administration has indicated that it is placing a high priority on improving transatlantic relations during its second term. In fact, by all accounts, Secretary of State Rice has had a very successful trip to Europe earlier this month. It appears that progress was made in the overall tone of the transatlantic relations. More importantly, actual progress or a sound foundation for future progress was made on several specific issues. This includes greater agreement on how to move forward on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as well as a commitment by NATO to increase its role in training Iraqi security forces. There has also been continued close cooperation in fighting international terrorism in general and al-Qaeda and its affiliates in particular. However, despite progress, significant differences remain in United States-European relations. Most notably concerning the best strategy for permitting Iran from developing nuclear weapons and the expected decision by the EU to lift its arms embargo against China." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Hulsman, Daniel Hamilton, Robin Niblett, and Elton Gallegly.
Serial No. 109-9
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