U.S. Should Seek Closer Int'l Dialogue: Yachi

Friday, May 22, 2009

TOKYO (Nikkei)--The administration of Barack Obama should revive America's leadership by having closer consultations with other countries over foreign policy issues, Shotaro Yachi, special envoy of the government of Japan and former vice minister for foreign affairs, said Friday.

"Unilateralism, excessive intervention and the lack of a coherent Asian policy were the main problems (of former President George W. Bush's foreign policy), causing a backlash from many other states," Yachi said at a regional economic forum in Tokyo.

"The Obama administration will have to address these problems," he said.

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