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Public Papers - 1989

Statement by Press Secretary Fitzwater on President Bush's Meeting With President Soeharto of Indonesia


The President met with President Soeharto of Indonesia for a half hour this afternoon in the Oval Office. President Bush expressed his appreciation for the hospitality extended by President Soeharto and the Indonesian Government during the Vice President's trip to Jakarta in April.

The two Presidents discussed the situation in Cambodia. President Bush reaffirmed the need for a comprehensive settlement, including verified withdrawal of all Vietnamese troops, prevention of Khmer Rouge return to power, and self-determination for the Cambodian people. The President reiterated the U.S. economic and military role in the development of Southeast Asia. President Bush stated that he looks forward to greater two-way trade and investment and praised Indonesia's debt management as an example of the Government's sound economic policies.

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