- Title: BELGIUM: COLIN POWELL ARRIVES FOR ONE-DAY VISIT.
- Date: 18th November 2003
- Summary: (U4) BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (NOVEMBER 18, 2003) (REUTERS) 1. GV: EXTERIOR OF THE HOTEL MERIDIEN 0.03 2. GV/MV/CU: U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL AND ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER SILVAN SHALOM SHAKING HANDS; SHALOM LEAVING HOTEL; MV SECURITY (6 SHOTS) 0.43 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHALOM SAYING "We talked of course about the way to make progress between the Israelis and the Palestinians. We believe that in a short time after the meeting between Sharon and ah, we should work together in order to put an end to violence and terrorism on one hand, and on the other hand to help the Palestinians to ease their life in the near future. I believe that with the Americans, it will be much easier for both parties to work together in order to narrow the gaps between one each other." 1.28 4. MV/CU/GV/PAN: OFFICIALS, POWELL IN CAR AFTER EXITING HOTEL, CAR LEAVES (4 SHOTS) 2.02 5. GV/PAN: USEU MISSION 2.09 5. GV/PAN/CU: CROWDS WELCOMING POWELL; ZOOM OUT FROM SIGN USEU TO POWELL; PHOTOGRAPHERS (2 SHOTS) 2.29 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) POWELL SAYING "At our core we are partners whether it is combating terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, fastening global growth, good governance, whether it is fighting infectious disease, no nation can meet the challenges of the young century alone and the world's best hope for meeting these challenges still rest in a large part on a deep broad lasting partnership between European Union and United States." 2.56 7. GV/MV/ZOOM CU: WIDE OF AUDIENCE; COLIN POWELL UNVEILING THE SIGN: FIFTY YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES AND THE EUROPEAN UNION (2 SHOTS) 3.19 8. MV/GV: COLIN POWELL LEAVING THE USEU MISSION; CARS LEAVING (3 SHOTS) 3.40 9. GV/ZOOM/MV/PAN: POWELL ARRIVING AT THE UN COUNCIL HQ - WELCOMED BY EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF JAVIER SOLANA 4.22 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
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- Story Text: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived in
Brussels for a one day visit.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived in
Brussels on Tuesday (November 18) for a one day visit and a
clear aim for both the EU and the United States.
Powell conferred with Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan
Shalom just before meeting the EU ministers, who on
Monday(November 17) criticised the Jewish state for
building settlements in disputed land and a fence inside
Palestinian territory in the West Bank.
Israel told the United States that Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon would meet his Palestinian counterpart, Ahmed Qurie,
next week to revive the flagging Israel-Palestinian peace
"I believe that with the Americans, it will be much
easier for both parties to work together in order to narrow
the gaps between one each other," Shalom said.
The European Union was determined to put months of
bitter wrangling over Iraq behind it in talks with U.S.
Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday, but new strains
over Iran and steel trade loomed large.
Diplomats said there was quiet satisfaction in the EU
that Washington had agreed to quicken the return of
sovereignty to Iraq, something many of the bloc's 15
nations had demanded since the end of the U.S.-led war.
Powell said before his meeting with EU ministers that
the relationship between the U.S. and the EU is important
for many reasons.
"At our core we are partners whether it is combating
terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, fastening global
growth, good governance, whether it is fighting infectious
disease, no nation can meet the challenges of the young
century alone and the world's best hope for meeting these
challenges still rest in a large part on a deep broad
lasting partnership between European Union and United
States," Powell said.
But the Brussels talks look set to be far from easy,
especially after Monday's public airing of transatlantic
differences on Iran's nuclear programme.
Iran says its nuclear project is for peaceful purposes.
Washington accuses Tehran of secretly working to
produce a bomb and wants the world nuclear watchdog to
declare that Iran has breached the nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty and to report it to the U.N.
Security Council for possible sanctions. When EU foreign
policy chief Javier Solana said on
Monday that Iran had been honest about its programme,
Powell retorted that he "wouldn't have gone quite so far".
The EU foreign ministers were also set to demand the
repeal of Washington's controversial steel tariffs which
have raised the spectre of a transatlantic trade war.
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