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                      Office of the Press Secretary
                          (New York, New York)
For Immediate Release                                 September 21, 1998
                          READOUT TO THE POOL
                              MIKE MCCURRY
                          The Waldorf Astoria
                           New York, New York

8:20 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: The President had a long day. He and the First Lady said that they were both just having a quiet dinner in their suite. The President had an opportunity to have a brief pull-aside discussion with Prime Minister Blair this evening. They discussed, among other subjects, Kosovo, the situation in the international economy, and specifically some of the ideas that the President advanced in his speech on global economics a week ago here in New York.

They talked about the situation in Russia. They talked about the Middle East peace process. They also talked about the excitement they had about the session this evening and this conference, and they agreed that this conference is something that they -- began a discussion, a conversation that they would like to see continued. They didn't come with any formal ideas on how to do that, but I believe that will lead to some further discussions about how to continue this effort to define a centrist approach to dynamic governing in industrial democracies.

Q Is the next one in Florence?

MR. MCCURRY: Prime Minister Prodi is expected to host a session like that. They talked a little bit about that today, as you know. That's about it. I'll keep it short for the --

Q The other leader that was supposed to be there, that didn't show up that was on the program, Persson?

MR. MCCURRY: I don't know. Actually, I did not find that out.

Q Has the President gotten any reaction today to the tapes?

MR. MCCURRY: He received from staff a report on some of the news coverage of the testimony today -- his question was whether or not there was any coverage of his day here in New York, and he was assured that there had been coverage of, among other things, the warm reception he got here, and he was grateful for that.

Q Mike, what about tomorrow, what aspect of his bilat is open to the press?

MR. MCCURRY: I don't know the answer to that.

Q According to the schedule, it's like everything is closed. Is the President not interested in hearing or talking to reporters tomorrow?

MR. MCCURRY: Oh, I think he's interested in talking to any reporter that would like to talk about U.S.-Japanese relations.

Q Is the photo op open now? The photo op is open for TV, right?

MR. MCCURRY: No, I think he'll talk to reporters who want to talk to him about U.S.-Japanese relations. Okay. That's it for the evening. See you all.

END 8:23 P.M. EDT