Moreover, this growth of diplomatic contacts was a two-way process.
The final statement of the meeting is expected to urge a freeze on new commercial or diplomatic contacts.
Throughout his career, he established a strong network of academic, corporate and diplomatic contacts.
"Arafat is not a leader, and there can be no diplomatic contact with him," she said.
But the administration has recently been easing its opposition to diplomatic contact, particularly over Iraq.
"A shame that our diplomatic contacts have always been so ineffective and short lived."
The first diplomatic contact with the native people had been accomplished and the Indians told them of the great river to the west.
We do not have any diplomatic contacts at the moment either.
And we think that better diplomatic contacts may produce results.
Although there has been more diplomatic contact recently, the efforts have remained cautious.