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Public Papers - 1990

Statement by Press Secretary Fitzwater on President Bush's Meeting With President Joaquim Alberto Chissano of Mozambique


President Bush and Mozambican President Chissano met today for approximately 1/2\ hours, followed by a 1-hour working lunch. The primary topic of discussion was the Mozambican peace process. President Bush took particular note of President Chissano's description of the suffering caused by the war in Mozambique and strongly endorsed the decision of the Mozambican Government to begin direct discussions with RENAMO [Mozambique National Resistance] as soon as possible. President Bush also expressed his admiration for the very significant political and economic reforms underway in Mozambique. The two Presidents exchanged views on the regional situation in southern Africa, and particularly in South Africa. President Chissano expressed the gratitude of his government for assistance provided by the United States. The two leaders discussed ways in which the United States might enhance its current assistance program.

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