Obama seeks new approach to foreign policy: adviser

August 26th, 2008 - 11:29 am ICT by IANS  

Denver (Colorado), Aug 26 (DPA) White House hopeful Barack Obama plans a new style of US foreign policy, listening to allies and taking in opinions from around the world, a top adviser to the Democratic presidential candidate has said. Obama will seek to strengthen international organisations like the UN, World Bank and world health authorities, Gregory Craig told reporters Monday in a broad review of Obama’s global priorities at the start of the Democratic nominating convention in Denver, Colorado.

The US cannot tackle global problems like global warming, the spread of nuclear weapons or deadly diseases without the help of the international community, said Craig, a former US diplomat.

Above all, Obama will take a more careful approach to projecting US military power, Craig said. He reiterated that Obama believed the use of force could sometimes be necessary to protect US interests, but only after all possible diplomatic avenues had been exhausted.

Craig repeated Obama’s opposition to Russia’s invasion of Georgia this month.

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