Shultz Will Brief NATO Allies After Summit
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Secretary of State George P. Shultz will go to five Western European capitals after next week’s summit to brief NATO allies on the U.S.-Soviet talks and plan strategy for the next phase of East-West relations, the State Department said Tuesday.
Department spokesman Charles E. Redman said Shultz will attend a meeting of the 16-nation alliance in Brussels Dec. 11-12 and meet leaders in Denmark, Norway, West Germany and Britain before returning to Washington Dec. 16.
President Reagan’s summit meetings with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev are scheduled to end Dec. 10.
Western European leaders are interested in the summit meeting because arms control arrangements between the superpowers have a direct impact on the size and shape of Europe’s defenses.
Scheduled to be signed at the summit is an agreement to eliminate intermediate range nuclear missiles. NATO is in the midst of consultations on other types of disarmament, notably conventional forces such as tanks, artillery and infantrymen.
At the regularly scheduled year-end session in Brussels, Shultz will ″report to his NATO colleagues on the full range of issues discussed during the president’s meetings with General Secretary Gorbachev here in Washington and will exchange views with allied foreign ministers on overall management of East-West relations,″ Redman said.
Shultz also will lead a Cabinet-level U.S. delegation to a meeting on trade and other economic issues with members of the Brussels-based European Commission, executives of the Common Market trade bloc.
He will visit Copenhagen Dec. 12 for meetings with Queen Margrethe, Prime Minister Poul Schluter and Foreign Minister Uffe Elemann-Jensen. It will be Shultz’s first visit to Denmark since taking office in 1982.
On Dec. 13-14, he will be in Oslo for talks with King Olav, Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, Foreign Minister Thorvald Stoltenberg and Defense Minister Johan Jorgen Holst.
The trip will end with meetings in Bonn with Prime Minister Helmut Kohl and members of his government and in London with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her aides.