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Statement by Press Secretary Fitzwater on the President's Meeting With Foreign Minister Moshe Arens of Israel

1989-03-13

President Bush met with Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens for approximately 30 minutes in the Oval Office. Also attending were Israeli Ambassador Moshe Arad, Policy Adviser to the Foreign Minister Sallai Meridor, Secretary of State Baker, National Security Adviser Scowcroft, and Chief of Staff Sununu.

The President emphasized the United States strong and enduring commitment to the security of Israel. The discussions focused on the intentions of both countries in moving the Middle East peace process forward. President Bush said the United States wants progress, new ideas, and looks forward to the visit by Prime Minister Shamir. President Bush emphasized that the United States does not want to miss an opportunity for peace in the Middle East and still believes in direct talks as the best path to peace.

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