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Public Papers - 1989 - December

Statement by Press Secretary Fitzwater on the President's Meetings With Foreign Leaders in Brussels

1989-12-03

The President gave Prime Minister Martens an account of the meeting in Malta. The Prime Minister said he thought it was a great success for the President and the West. They talked about the ensuing challenges for NATO in managing change in Europe and agreed that the European Community would have an important role to play in peaceful change on the continent.

Chancellor Kohl congratulated the President on the outcome of the Malta meeting. The Chancellor said that the discussions there had pushed forward East-West cooperation and were a demonstration of America's commitment to the future of Europe. The two leaders agreed that NATO would remain the cornerstone of the West's efforts to manage peaceful change in Europe.

Note: The President met with Belgian Prime Minister Wilfred Martens at 7:15 p.m. and with West German Chancellor Helmt Kohl at 8:20 p.m. at Chateau Stuyvenberg.

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