Bush May Meet With Gorbachev in Paris This Month
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush probably will meet with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev in Paris this month, the White House said Wednesday.
The meeting would come during a five-nation trip that also will mark the first visit to Czechoslovakia by an American president.
It would be Bush’s fourth summit with Gorbachev, following talks in Malta, Washington and Helsinki.
While no date has been set for a meeting with Gorbachev, Bush will be in Paris from Nov. 18 until Nov. 21, when he flies to the Middle East to visit U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia and confer with leaders there and in Egypt.
In Paris, Bush will attend the 35-nation Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and sign a treaty to cut non-nuclear forces in Europe.
Bush will leave Washington Nov. 16, flying overnight to Prague and arriving there early the next day.
White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said the president would express strong support for the democratic revolution in Czechoslovakia and throughout Eastern Europe and deliver a major speech about the democracy movement.
Bush also will make brief remarks in Wenceslas Square, where hundreds of thousands of people gathered last November to begin the so-called Velvet Revolution, which led to the overthrow of the country’s hardline communist rulers.
Fitzwater noted that Czechoslovakia is suffering economic problems compounded by a reduction in Soviet energy deliveries and the loss of Iraqi oil. ″We’re working through various international financial organizations to help Czechoslovakia bridge this energy gap and I’m sure this will be part of the discussion,″ Fitzwater said.
En route to Paris on Nov. 18, Bush will stop in Germany for several hours to visit the city of Speyer and to visit with Chancellor Helmut Kohl at his home in suburban Oggersheim.