THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
FIRST MEETING OF U.S.-UKRAINE BINATIONAL COMMISSION
Vice President Al Gore today announced that Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma will visit Washington for the period May 14 through May 16, 1997. The purpose of President Kuchma's visit will be to meet with President Clinton, and to conduct the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Binational Commission.
The Binational Commission was established in September 1996, in order to solidify the close ties between Ukraine and the United States. Vice President Gore and President Kuchma will discuss matters including Ukrainian economic reform, trade and investment issues, development of the Ukrainian energy and agriculture sectors, bilateral assistance programs, and efforts to enhance European security. The Commission consists of four committees: Foreign Policy, Security, Trade and Investment, and Sustainable Economic Cooperation.