May 27, 1997

Today, Tuesday, May 27, President Clinton spends his day in Paris, France meeting with European leaders and signing the historic NATO-Russia Founding Act. In the evening the President travels to The Hague. Major events of the President's day include:


Bilateral Meeting with President Chirac
Signing Ceremony for the NATO-Russia Founding Act
Bilateral Meeting with President Yeltsin
The Hague Arrival Ceremony

Bilateral Meeting with President Chirac

Upon arrival in Paris, the President will proceed directly to his bilateral meeting with President Chirac. The meeting provides President Clinton with an opportunity to thank President Chirac for hosting the NATO-Russia summit as well as for his efforts to help bring closure to this historic agreement and to thank, on behalf of the American people, the people of France for their hospitality and cooperation. This meeting also serves as an opportunity to renew the friendship America and France share in helping to define the new Euro-Atlantic community.

Signing Ceremony for the NATO-Russia Founding Act

President Clinton will join Presidents Chirac and Yeltsin, NATO Secretary General Solana and other European leaders to sign the NATO-Russia Founding Act. This agreement allows NATO to enlarge and strengthen the Atlantic Alliance while building a partnership between NATO and Russia. The signing ceremony will be followed by a group photo in the Park D'Elysee and a luncheon hosted by President Chirac in the State Dining Room of Elysee Palace.

Participants at the NATO-Russia Founding Act signing include:

President Bill Clinton, United States
Secretary General Javier Solana, NATO
President Jacques Chirac, France
President Boris Yeltsin, Russia
Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgium
Prime Minister Jean Chretien, Canada
Prime Minister Paul Nyrup Rasmussen, Denmark
Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Germany
Prime Minister Konstandinos Simitis, Greece
Prime Minister David Oddsson, Iceland
Prime Minister Romano Prodi, Italy
Prime Minister Jean Claude Juncker, Luxembourg
Prime Minister Wim Kok, Netherlands
Prime Minister Thorbjorn Jagland, Norway
Prime Minister Antonio Guterres, Portugal
President Jose Maria Aznar, Spain
Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, Turkey
Prime Minister Tony Blair, United Kingdom

Bilateral Meeting with President Yeltsin

President Clinton will meet with President Yeltsin at the American Ambassador's Residence in Paris. The meeting provides President Clinton with an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment America has to deepening cooperation between the United States and France on a broad range of bilateral issues. The meeting is also an opportunity for President Clinton to underscore his commitment to making NATO and Russia full partners in the security of Europe as we enter the 21st century. President Clinton is likely to restate his determination to see that an enlarged NATO neither marginalizes nor isolates Russia, and that it more fully integrates Russia into the mainstream of an undivided Europe. Following his meeting with President Yeltsin, President Clinton will depart Paris for the Hague.

Arrival Ceremony

The President will be welcomed to the Hague by Queen Beatrix upon his arrival at Noordeinde Palace. Following the arrival ceremony, the President will retire for the night at Noordeinde Palace.

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