State issues World Wide invitation
- By Bryant Jordan
- Jan 23, 2001
New Secretary of State Colin Powell lost no time in using the department's
public diplomacy section to invite the worldin six languagesto study
the United States via the agency's Web site.
"You can find here the latest information on official U.S. policy towards
the complex and rapidly evolving issues defining our world, in arms control,
trade, the environment or other global challenges," Powell says in English,
with translations in French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese.
The multilingual welcome pages are accessible from the home page of
State's Office of International Information Programsformerly the U.S. Information Agency.
Other messages on the main pagefrom President Bush's plans to travel
to Mexico in February to Powell's comments on international securityalso
may be viewed in languages other than English.
"Consider this Web site a virtual emissary of the United States that
seeks to enhance mutual respect, understanding and friendship with the global
community," Powell said.