May Meet While Attending Ceremony In Vienna May 15
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Secretary of State George P. Shultz may meet with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko when they attend a ceremony in Vienna on May 15 to mark the 30th anniversary of a treaty ending the occupation of Austria.
A State Department official, speaking on the condition that he remain anonymous, said Tuesday that any such meeting was likely to focus on the possibility of a summit between President Reagan and the new Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.
″What else is there?″ the official asked. ″We’ve got the (arms control) talks. We have the invitation for a summit outstanding. That strikes me as eminently logical.″
Walter Greinert, press counselor at the Austrian Embassy, said Tuesday that Shultz and Gromyko, as well as the foreign ministers of France, Britain, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Italy, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, and other United Nations and European dignitaries, have accepted the invitation to attend, some of them ″in principle.″
State Department spokesman Bernard Kalb said there was currently ″no set plan″ for a Shultz-Gromyko meeting ″but I would imagine that if the secretary’s there and the Soviet foreign minister, it’s something that you would not rule out.″
Kalb recalled that at the 25th anniversary celebration, then-Secretary of State Edmund Muskie met with Gromyko.
Greinert said that he understood Shultz would arrive in Vienna on May 14, a day before the celebration at Castle of Belvedere in honor of the Austrian State Treaty signed in 1955 that re-established the independence of Austria.
Greinert said Gromyko accepted the invitation ″in principle″ when the Austria foreign minister saw him in Moscow last week for the funeral of former Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko.
The State Department announced Monday that Shultz planned to attend.