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CONDOLEEZZA RICE: Interview With Charles Wolfson and Dan Raviv of CBS Radio News
Date: Saturday, January 28 2006

CONDOLEEZZA RICE: Interview With Charles Wolfson and Dan Raviv of CBS Radio News

/ MR. RAVIV: We're at the State Department, delighted to have a chance to interview the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. I'm joined in the questioning by CBS News State Department Reporter Charles Wolfson.

Madame Secretary, thank you very much for granting us this interview.

SECRETARY RICE: It's a pleasure to be with you.

MR. RAVIV: Well, I'm going to start briefly with an election, and maybe not the one that you think I'm going to ask about first. I want to know your view of Canada, in the sense of Canadians elected the conservative, Stephen Harper, and at least we hear from Canada that chances are relations with the U.S. will be better, maybe some more understanding of your foreign policy initiatives.
What do you think?

SECRETARY RICE: Well, first of all, the people of Canada have indeed gone to the polls and we look forward to working with the new government. We have an excellent relationship with Canada. We have a long border, extensive trade relations. We are succeeding at integrating this hemisphere -- the three of us, Mexico, Canada and the United States -- thanks to NAFTA. So we have an excellent relationship and I expect that we're going to continue to have one.

Yes, we've had our differences and our difficulties. There are trade disputes. Any trade relationship as big as our relationship with Canada is going to have those disputes. But as I said when I was there in Ottawa, I would hope that the rhetoric and the tone of U.S.-Canada relations would be befitting good friends and good neighbors, and I look forward to that tone in U.S.-Canada relations.

We also have excellent cooperation with Canada in many of our international policies. Canada is a major actor in Afghanistan, has been active in Sudan with us, and in Iraq it's perhaps not understood that shortly after the war, where Canada did not agree with the decision to go to war, Canada was one of the first and largest donors to Iraq. So we have an excellent relationship and I think it will continue.

[Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on January 29, 2006]


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