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Powell To Meet With Top EU Officials

Powell is making his last swing through Europe (file photo) 10 December 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is due in The Hague today for talks with senior European Union officials in which Iraq is expected to top the agenda.

Powell is making his last visit to Europe as secretary of state. He has been using the trip to stress the need for the trans-Atlantic allies to put last year's dispute over the Iraq war behind them.

Yesterday, Powell was in Brussels for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at which NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer announced that NATO's military training mission in Iraq would soon climb from 60 to about 300 troops.

He said several countries had offered to send more soldiers, including Poland, Hungary, and the Netherlands. But Powell expressed disappointment that Germany, France, Belgium, Greece, and Spain were sticking to their refusal not to take part in the mission.