Discussions With Chancellor Helmut Kohl of the
The President. It's been a very great
pleasure to meet with Chancellor Kohl again for a friendly and highly useful
discussion. This year marks the 40th anniversary of a series of events that
have shaped the destiny of our two countries. In 1948 the
was in this crucible of events that the modern relationship between the Federal
Republic of Germany and the
the many subjects we discussed today was the state of the NATO alliance,
including our common defense efforts and arms control strategy. I thanked the
Chancellor for his support throughout the long INF negotiations and now for the
treaty itself. This treaty represents a major political victory for NATO, a
success far beyond what many thought possible. It carries important lessons on
how successfully to negotiate arms reductions with the
agreed that we must deal with the
The Chancellor and I also discussed economic and trade issues. In particular, I told the Chancellor that I supported the efforts he's made to stimulate the West German economy, and I expressed the hope that he would do more. The Chancellor, in turn, welcomed our efforts to reduce the United States Federal deficit. We both agreed on the need to avoid trade protectionism. Protectionism would be an economic disaster for both our countries.
the course of our discussions, we also touched on a subject close to both our
hearts: the city of
Chancellor's visits to
Chancellor Kohl. Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, my visit to Washington -- and this is my ninth bilateral meeting with President Reagan -- is a return visit to the memorable visit the President paid to Berlin and Bonn last June.
Mr. President, I might take this opportunity to express my appreciation for having issued a proclamation declaring the 6th of October, 1987, German-American Day. And I may request you to make this a permanent feature.
had intensive exchanges on the present state of West-East relations. Never in
the postwar history has the
INF agreement is in the interest of the
President, you referred to the present negotiations concerning START. The
Government of the Federal Republic of Germany vigorously supports a 50-percent
cut of the strategic offensive potential of either power, because this step is
not only in the interest of the
accordance with the decisions taken by the alliance in
We have agreed that we will remain in bilateral contact as far as all these issues are concerned. And along this line -- and the President and I myself were in complete agreement on that -- trust and confidence between West and East must be further developed and intensified, and this would also include the solution of regional conflicts as well as ensuring respect for human rights, particularly so in the countries of the Warsaw Pact.
Mr. President, you have just made the same point, and we are all in agreement that we will be able to face up to the tasks ahead of us. And this new phase can be mastered only when we show unity, coherence, and the closest measure of coordination and consultation. Now, Mr. President, I would like to take this opportunity here to express, as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, before the American public, that we are fully aware of the fact that the Federal Republic of Germany knows that only together, with their allies, and only together with the support of all the free nations of Western Europe and the United States of America, will it be possible to attain its legitimate aim of easing, in the interest of the people, the consequences of the division of our country and to make the frontier between East and West more permeable. We are belonging to the West, and that is the way it will be also in the future.
Mr. President, I came here not only in my capacity as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany but also as the Chairman and the President of the European Community. I was able to report to you about the successful conclusion of this summit meeting -- the European Community -- we had a week ago in Brussels and the measures we agreed upon there, particularly the restriction in the limitation of agricultural production and our commitment to the maintenance and to the support of the common policy favoring continued free trade all over the world -- were some of the main positions we have taken there. And I also assured you that we will certainly not adopt a tax on oils and fats.
Mr. President, it has been a reassuring experience in all the visits I paid to you here in the White House, that as far as our commercial relations, trans-Atlantic commercial and economic relations are concerned, we have always renewed our commitment to the concept of a free trade and to rejection of protectionism. That this is part of the spirit in which we are facing these tasks and in which we will be able to live up to the tasks of the future.
President, once again, I thank you very much for the extremely friendly
atmosphere for our exchanges and for the support I've been receiving from you,
from the members of your Cabinet, and the members of your staff. These have
been 2 short days I spent here in
The President. Mr. Chancellor, your suggestion during your last visit for a U.S.-German Youth Exchange Council has resulted in the recent establishment of a body of prominent Americans and Germans who have accepted the challenge to expand youth exchanges between our two countries. I fully support the work of this youth exchange council and share your strong personal commitment to advancing mutual understanding, particularly between the younger generations in our two countries. I am, therefore, especially pleased to be able today to exchange with you, in the presence of Director Wick and Professor Weidenfeld, the two coordinators of U.S.-German cooperation, copies of the documents establishing the U.S.-German Youth Exchange Council.
Chancellor Kohl. Mr. President, I think what we have just done is more important than anything else we could have possibly done. We discussed the issues, the great international issues, but what we have done here concerns the future. It relates to the next generations, and I think they will form their opinion and their judgment about what we have done by measuring us against this background. And I think they will enable us to live up and to stand up to that measurement if we will be able to go on along this line. Thank you very much.
Note: The President
spoke at in the East Room at the White House. In his closing
remarks, he referred to Charles Z. Wick, Director of the