MOSCOW (AP) _ President Boris Yeltsin reiterated his call for a ``multi-polar world'' during a meeting Tuesday with newly arrived foreign ambassadors in the Kremlin.

Yeltsin received the credentials of new ambassadors from Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Estonia, Cambodia, Sudan, Congo, Bangladesh, Armenia, and Burkina Faso, his press service said.

``At the threshold of the 21st century, the world community faces a strategic choice of its future,'' Yeltsin told the diplomats, according to the presidential press service. ``The main task that we need to solve is the creation of a stable, multi-polar world.''

With Russia's international influence waning, Yeltsin has sought to build alliances with other countries in a bid to counterbalance U.S. global clout.