Statement by Principal
Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on Soviet-United
States Cultural and Educational Exchanges
August 5, 1986
United States and Soviet Union officials today
concluded a week of discussions on expanding cultural, educational, and people-to-people
exchanges between our two countries. These discussions were arranged to
implement the agreement reached between the President and Soviet leader
Gorbachev last year at the Geneva summit to increase
cooperation and contacts and to expand opportunities for people in our
respective countries to communicate directly with one another. Thirteen
cooperative programs in the areas of education, higher education, health,
sports, and culture were agreed upon, and about 19 more are under active discussion.
Soviet intergovernmental delegation composed of representatives of the U.S.S.R.
Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Culture, Education, Higher Education, Health,
and the U.S.S.R. Committee on Sports also met with representatives of 28
private organizations in the United States which will be
participating in the exchanges initiative. This reflects the President's
conviction that the participation of the American private sector is essential
to the success of these programs. The programs agreed upon today are an
important step in fulfilling the commitments made by both leaders at Geneva.