Praise at U.N. for a New U.S. Envoy’s Inclusive Tactics and ConvivialStyle

By Warren Hoge
The New York Times

June 5, 2007

UNITED NATIONS, June 5 — One by one, the ambassadors at an unusually jolly diplomatic dinner last month rose to pay tribute to the new American ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad. He was a needed “breath of fresh air,” said one. Another said that while no one expected disagreements with American policy to end, he liked the “sensitive” way that policy was now presented. Mr. Khalilzad, the former American ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, has been welcomed effusively since his arrival six weeks ago, and one frequently mentioned reason is that he strikes people as so different from John R. Bolton, the combative former American ambassador… more