Richardson Would Name Envoy to Build Muslim Ties


RICHARDSON WOULD NAME ENVOY TO BUILD MUSLIM TIES

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson says a multilateral Marshall Plan is needed to rebuild the Middle East.

He also says that if he were president, he'd name a top-level envoy to rebuild shattered ties to Muslim nations.

He spelled out foreign policy views before the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Richardson says winning the war against al-Qaida has a lot to do with building goodwill and he says that for a small fraction of the cost of the war in Iraq, the U.S. could make friends.

The New Mexico governor also says the U.S. should lead by example. He says prisoner abuse, secret prisons and evasion of the Geneva convention have no place in policy.

 


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