White House Statement on the President's Meeting with Gaston Thorn, President of the Commission of European Communities

July 13, 1981

The President met with Gaston Thorn, President of the Commission of European Communities, from 2:30 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. in the Oval Office and Cabinet Room.

The meeting was the culmination of a series of meetings Mr. Thorn has had with officials of the United States. These include sessions with the Vice President, Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Deputy Secretary of State.

The meeting with the President included discussion of a number of issues that will be presented by the United States and other countries at the economic summit in Ottawa. Mr. Thorn spoke of the interrelation between United States' economic policies and those of Europe and urged close consultation with European nations on the formulation and implementation of these policies. The meeting was described as warm and cordial.