Remarks Upon Departure for a Meeting With Soviet President Gorbachev
The President. I am delighted that
later today I'll have the opportunity to welcome President Gorbachev to the
pursuit of peace is, of course, always in season. But I think it's especially
appropriate that President Gorbachev should be here at this time of year, a
time when the thoughts and prayers of all of us turn to the hope that someday
nations and people from every part of the world will live in peace and harmony
with one another. It's for this reason that I journey to
And thank you, and God bless you.
Soviet Military Reductions
Q. Mr. President, what kind of troop reductions are being offered by the Soviets? Troop reductions by the Soviets?
The President. Well, we're pleased to hear that -- the fact that they're thinking in that term. We, too, have thought in it, and the idea of bringing conventional weapons down and achieving a symmetry between us, I think, would be another great forward step.
Q. Yasser Arafat?
The President. Well, we haven't had
time yet, because he held his press conference up until just a short time ago
I have to get going now. I can't be late for my luncheon.
Note: The President
spoke at at the South Portico of
the White House. The last question referred to the