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    The U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, assessed American foreign policy over the past?

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    The U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, assessed American foreign policy over the past year and looked to the future at a press conference in Washington on Thursday (27 December).

    Dr. Kissinger said America's relations with Europe had been disappointing. Last March, the Secretary of State had referred to 1973 as the "Year of Europe" and called for a new Atlantic Charter. But relations between Europe and the U.S. have deteriorated. He said it was up to Europe to decide if America should be opposed, or if the opportunities of Atlantic co-operation should be pursued.

    The Secretary of State told newsmen the energy crisis could be a forerunner of other global problems such as a shortage of food. He urged that world-wide co-operation between consumers and producers be initiated to deal with the problems of adequate energy sources on a long-term basis.

    Dr. Kissinger criticised Arab oil embargo against the U.S. He said it was increasingly difficult to understand. America, he said was the principal country pursuing peace in the Middle East. He was optimistic that progress would be made in the troop disengagement talks, now underway in Geneva between Israel and Egypt. He hoped other Arab nations would join the talks.

    Dr. Kissinger also praised the Soviet Union for its work in launching the Geneva talks. He said its actions in Geneva would be kept in mind when trying to judge whether the Soviet Union was sincere in trying to ease international tension.

    SYNOPSIS: In Washington on Thursday, Dr. Henry Kissinger reviewed U.S. foreign policy. The American State Secretary criticised thee Arab oil embargo but was optimistic about the Geneva Peace Talks. He praised Soviet peace efforts. . . .

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