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Report Says U.S. Officials Propose Mid-June Visit by Gorbachev

December 15, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. officials have proposed that President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev hold their second summit meeting in Washington next June, a published report said Sunday.

Administration officials hoped the meeting would taken place around June 15, but said they still did not have a firm commitment from the Soviets on the date, the report by The Washington Post said.

The Post, citing sources, said the Reagan administration did not expect any serious arms control agreement to come out of the Washington summit. But the report said that officials hoped that ″some concrete steps″ may be taken during the meeting that could lead to the signing of an arms control agreement at a third summit in Moscow in 1987.

White House spokeswoman Denny Brisley would not comment on the administration ’s expectations for accomplishments at the second Reagan- Gorbachev meeting. As for the goal of meeting in June, she said, ″The date is still open.″

The report said Reagan hoped to take Gorbachev on a visit to his home state of California during his week-long stay in the United States, to show the Soviet leader ″the diversity of America.″