- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2001

Team players

The Bush administration is building its foreign policy team with seasoned career diplomats and experienced officials who served under President Reagan or in the first Bush White House.

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice yesterday announced five appointments to deal with Latin America, Africa, Europe and Russia, arms control and nuclear proliferation.

She selected John F. Maisto as director for Western Hemisphere affairs. Mr. Maisto has served as ambassador to Venezuela and Nicaragua, deputy assistant secretary of state for Central America and deputy ambassador to the Organization of American States.

Miss Rice appointed Harvard professor Jendayi E. Frazer as director for African affairs. She has served as a political-military planner with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as an African security specialist with the State Department's International Military Education Training programs.

Miss Rice chose Daniel Fried as director for European and Eurasian affairs. Mr. Fried, a career diplomat with 24 years service, was ambassador to Poland from 1997 until May 2000.

He also served as a principal deputy special adviser to the secretary of state for new nations created after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Miss Rice appointed Robert G. Joseph, a veteran of the Reagan and first Bush administrations, as director for proliferation strategy, counterproliferation and homeland defense.

Under former President George W. Bush, he served as ambassador to the U.S.-Russian Consultative Commission on Nuclear Testing and as commissioner to the Standing Consultative Commission on the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. In the Reagan administration, Mr. Joseph held several senior position in the Defense Department.

Miss Rice named Franklin C. Miller, a former principal deputy assistant secretary of defense, as director of defense policy and arms control.

Earlier this week, President Bush said he will nominate John R. Bolton to be undersecretary of state for arms control and international security affairs.

Mr. Bolton served in the Reagan and first Bush administration at the State and Justice departments.

Mr. Bush also selected Andrew Natsios as administrator of the Agency for International Development. He is a former director of USAID's office of foreign disaster assistance.

Kuwait says, 'Thanks'

The Kuwaiti Embassy yesterday opened a campaign to express its gratitude to the United States for freeing the country from Iraqi occupation 10 years ago.

Kuwait is running advertisements in newspapers and on radio stations and has opened a Web site to mark the anniversary of the liberation, which is Monday.

"We have always been immeasurably grateful to America for liberating our country, and we want to ensure that Americans hear us say so," said embassy spokesman Shafeeq Ghabra.

"You gave us back our country, our families, and our lives. Without our allies, those things would not be ours today."

Mr. Ghabra said the campaign was designed by the Kuwaiti Embassy not an outside advertising firm.

"We considered it important to do this ourselves. We felt that the message must be from the Kuwaiti people," he said. "We are proud of the campaign and hope it can reach all of the American people."

The Web site is www.KuwaitThanksAmerica.org.

U.S.-Brazil cooperation

The U.S. ambassador to Brazil has hailed the beginning of a new level of crime-fighting cooperation between the United States and Brazil.

Ambassador Anthony Harrington and Foreign Minister Celso Lafer this week signed the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty that will allow law-enforcement officials in both countries to deal directly with each other when tracking down criminals.

"This treaty will facilitate improved exchange between the legal systems of Brazil and the United States, making it harder for criminals to use international borders to hide from justice," Mr. Harrington said at a signing ceremony in the capital, Brasilia.

Mr. Lafer added, "In this globalized world, cooperation in this area is very important."

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