Tuesday, January 27, 2009

US has a 'lot of damage to repair': Clinton

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States has "a lot of damage to repair" to its standing around the world after eight years of President George W. Bush, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.

"The (new) approach to the world is one that we know is in the interests of our country going forward, and I have had that reinforced time and again with the all phone calls that I've been making," Clinton told reporters.

"There is a great exhalation of breath going on around the world as people express their appreciation for the new direction that is being set and the team that is being put together by the president...," she said.

She recalled that President Barack Obama's administration views defense, diplomacy and development aid as the pillars of the new foreign policy.

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