Douglas Alexander, the trade and development secretary, made his remarks in a speech in America, the first by a cabinet minister abroad since Mr Brown took power a fortnight ago."[Mr. Brown is expected to come to Washington soon. Mr Alexander's comments on a day in which President Bush had been forced to defend his policy in Iraq after a report on the effectiveness of the "surge" concluded that the military situation had improved but political and economicÂ "benchmarks"Â Â had not been met. ]
Â Brown message to US: it's time to build, not destroy
July 13: Minister signals foreign policy shift ahead of PM's Washington trip.
The Â speechÂ called Â for the US to rethink its foreign policy, and recognise the virtues of so-called "soft power" andÂ working through Â international institutions including the United Nations.
An indication thatÂ Â multilateralism will be stressed in Mr Brown's foreign policy was given by Alexander : "In the 20th century a country's might was too often measured in what they could destroy. In the 21st century strength should be measured by what we can build together. And so we must form new alliances, based on common values, ones not just to protect us from the world, but ones which reach out to the world." He described this as "a new alliance of opportunity".
He added: "We need to demonstrate by our deeds, words and our actions that we are internationalist, not isolationist, multilateralist, not unilateralist, active and not passive, and driven by core values, consistently applied, not special interests."