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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of October 12, 1993

1.  KUWAITI 
Q:  Can you give us a readout of the Secretary's meeting with
Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah?

A:  The Secretary met with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and
Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah today for 30 minutes.  They
discussed bilateral relations and progress in the Middle East
peace process, particularly the recent donors conference.  The
Secretary commended Kuwait for its participation in the
conference and stressed the importance of taking concrete steps
to support the Israeli-PLO Agreement.

Sheikh Sabah told the Secretary that a decision on Kuwaiti
financial support for the agreement would be made soon after his
return to Kuwait and promised that Kuwait would do its part.

They discussed the Arab Boycott.  The Secretary emphasized the
importance of the issue in the United States and in the wake of
the Israeli-PLO agreement characterized the boycott as an
anachronism.  The Secretary commended Kuwait for the steps it
has taken so far regarding the secondary and tertiary aspects of
the boycott.  Kuwait, the Minister said, would be working with
other Arab states on this issue.

They also discussed security in the Persian Gulf and stressed
the need for full Iraqi compliance with all the United Nations
Security Council resolutions.

The Secretary expressed his appreciation of the Kuwaiti National
Assembly elections last year and encouraged an expansion of
suffrage in Kuwait.


2.  GREECE
Q:  Has President Clinton invited the Prime Minister to visit
the US this year?

A:  WE HAVE NO INFORMATION TO SHARE WITH YOU ON ANY UPCOMING
VISIT.

--IN ANY CASE, QUESTIONS CONCERNING VISITS BY HEADS OF STATE OR
GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE WHITE HOUSE.


3.  SOMALIA
Q.  Has Ambassador Oakley met with Aideed?  Does he plan to do
so?  Has he requested a meeting through the tribal elders?

A.  AMBASSADOR OAKLEY HAS NOT MET AND DOES NOT PLAN TO MEET WITH
GENERAL AIDEED.  HE HAS MET WITH ELDERS OF AIDEED'S SUB-CLAN AND
OFFICIALS OF AIDEED'S POLITICAL ORGANIZATION.  BOTH GROUPS ARE
KEY ELEMENTS OF THE SOMALI SCENE AND SHOULD NOT BE SHUT OUT OF
SOMALIA'S FUTURE POLITICAL LIFE.   (###)

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