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Germany Pledges To Help Rebuild Iraq

4 February 2005 -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder gave visiting U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice assurances of help in restoring democracy in Iraq.

Rice, who is in Berlin on the second stop of a tour of Europe and the Middle East, stressed the "historic strength of relations" between the United States and Germany. Relations between the two countries strained considerably after Schroeder came out against the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

"The United States and Germany, of course, share deep values and a deep commitment to one another, built on the testing of history and built on the fact that we were able, through the strength of our alliance and the strength of our values, to contribute greatly to the tremendous changes that we have seen that led to the building of a Europe whole, free, and at peace," Rice said.

Rice, on her first trip abroad as secretary of state, arrived in Berlin from London where she held talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

In London, Rice accused Iran of "destabilizing activities" but said Washington had no plan to attack Iran "at this point in time." The U.S. accuses Iran of secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons,
which Tehran denies.

Rice also said there is "complete unity of purpose" between Europe and the U.S. in dealing with Iran.