The government insisted that it hopes U.S.-led forces win the war in Iraq, protesting news reports that the foreign minister was ambiguous about his position. The Foreign Ministry issued a curt statement quoting Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin as saying: "The United States, we hope, will win this war quickly." The statement said the ministry was "indignant" about media coverage of De Villepin's comments Thursday at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.
From Times Wire Reports
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