President Bush says the United States and Europe must put past differences aside and focus on cooperation. He is in Brussels, the first stop on the president's five-day European tour.

The president is seeking a fresh start with Europe as he begins his second term in office.

Differences over the war in Iraq have soured relations in recent years. But in a speech to the European people, Mr. Bush stressed it is time to move on.

"As past debates fade and great duties become clear, let us begin a new era of trans-Atlantic unity," he said.

He said the immediate goal is peace throughout the Middle East, including Iraq.

"Now is the time for established democracies to give tangible political, economic, and security assistance to the world's newest democracy," he said.

Mr. Bush meets with NATO and EU leaders on Tuesday. He will also consult privately during this trip with major critics of his Iraq policy.