President Bush, briefed Saturday by Secretary of State James Baker at the end of a whirlwind trip to 14 NATO capitals, said it was clear East-West relations are "proceeding on the basis of the West's agenda."
In a statement issued at the White House, press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said Baker had briefed Bush by telephone at Camp David, Md., where the president is spending the holiday weekend.Baker will personally brief the president Sunday. It was likely the two also would discuss a letter received by Bush Friday from Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on the situation in Afghanistan now that Soviet troops have withdrawn.
Fitzwater said Bush also thanked the secretary, his longtime friend and adviser, for undertaking the arduous eight-day trip in which he traveled 15,800 miles to Canada and Western Europe for meetings with 13 foreign ministers, 11 prime ministers and other key NATO officials.
Baker, who made the trip at the president's request, reported to Bush that European leaders shared the U.S. commitment to the North Atlantic alliance "as the key to the continent's past and future security."