Remarks Following the
The General Secretary. Esteemed Mr. President
and Mrs. Reagan, 1 hour from now you will be leaving
President, you and I have been dealing with each other for 3 years now. From
the first exchange of letters to the conclusion of this meeting, we've come a
long way. Our dialog has not been easy, but we mustered enough realism and
political will to overcome obstacles and divert the train of Soviet-U.S.
relations from a dangerous track to a safer one. It has, however, so far been
moving much more slowly than is required by the real situation, both in our two
countries and in the whole world. But as I have understood, Mr. President,
you're willing to continue our joint endeavors. For my part, I can assure you
that we will do everything in our power to go on moving forward. Now, with the
vast experience of
hope you will have pleasant memories of your stay in this country. Mr.
President, Mrs. Reagan, when you return to
The President. Mr. General Secretary, Mrs. Gorbachev, this is an emotional moment for Mrs. Reagan and me. We have been truly moved by the warmth and the generous hospitality that we've received from all of our Soviet hosts during this brief visit -- but most especially from the two of you.
During this meeting, as in all of our previous meetings, I appreciated and valued our exchanges and the long hours of hard work that we and our experts put in to make progress on the difficult issues we face. But this meeting has added something else for Mrs. Reagan and me. Our time here has allowed us to know, if only briefly, your art treasures and your people: artists, writers, individuals from all walks of life -- people who were willing to share with us their experiences, their fears, their hopes.
General Secretary, it is fitting that we are ending our visit as we began it,
in this hall, named for the Order of St. George. I would like to think that our
efforts during these past few days have slayed a few
dragons and advanced the struggle against the evils that threaten mankind --
threats to peace and to liberty. And I would like to hope that, like St.
George, with God's help, peace and freedom can prevail. And, Mr. General
Secretary, if you will permit me just one more proverb, I think a very old and
popular saying you have here about last Sunday, the day of our arrival, spoke
to the promise that we've seen fulfilled at this summit in this
now, if I might just conclude on a personal note, earlier this week at
General Secretary, I think you understand we're not just grateful to both you
and Mrs. Gorbachev but want you to know we think of
you as friends. And in that spirit, we would ask one further favor of you. Tell
the people of the
Thank you and God bless you.
Note: The General
Secretary spoke at in St.
George's Hall at the