The Washington Times - January 27, 2009, 06:27PM

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been working the phones since she took office last week.

“There is a great exhalation of breath going on around the world as people express their appreciation for the new direction that’s being set and the team that’s [been] put together by the president,” she told reporters during her first briefing Tuesday.


According to the State Department, since Friday, she has called the following foreign leaders:

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

Israel Foreign Minister Tzipi Livini

Jordanian King Abdullah

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

German Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak

Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone

Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband

South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan

Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa


Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi

Egyptian President Hosni Murara

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon

Saudi King Abdullah

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan

South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Israeli President Shimon Peres

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorin

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani

Colombian Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez

African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari