Discussions With General Secretary Karoly
The President. Mr. General Secretary,
your visit has been an important success. It marks an historic stage in
U.S.-Hungarian relations which began with the return of the Crown of St.
Stephen 10 years ago. In your meetings with American Government leaders, with
leaders of both parties, and with businessmen, journalists, and others, you've
exchanged views on a broad range of topics; and we've been impressed with your
openness to new ideas. We're encouraged by your recognition that economic
reforms cannot succeed unless they are accompanied by political reforms as
well. And this lesson has been demonstrated many times in the recent history of
Americans regard Hungarians as a people of great talent, a people who have
contributed significantly to
our talks, Mr. General Secretary, I believe that you're intent on providing the
kind of leadership that will give scope to the energy, ingenuity, and vision
that Hungarians possess in such abundance. I hope you'll take with you some new
take with you our best wishes for success. We will be watching developments in
The General Secretary. Distinguished Mr.
President, I thank you for your kind words honoring me and for the meaningful
discussions we have just concluded. I wish to express my thanks for the
invitation of the U.S. Government and the program which has provided with it
richness in both work and impressions. I had great expectations as I had set
I was pleased to take this opportunity offered by a personal meeting to convey the high regard of the Hungarian people to you, Mr. President, for the results of historical proportions which you and General Secretary Gorbachev have achieved together in the area of disarmament. The improvement of Soviet-American relations and the international climates helps the small countries in these areas. The Government of the Hungarian People's Republic will do everything in its power to become part of the effort which the two of you, Mr. President, represent.
was very pleased to have had the opportunity to meet in your beautiful country
Americans who have once come from
wish the people of the
Note: The President spoke at at the South Portico of the White House. The General Secretary spoke in Hungarian, and his remarks were translated by an interpreter. Earlier, the President and the General Secretary met in the Oval Office and then attended a luncheon in the Residence.