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World: Clinton Pleased With Albright's Tour

Washington, 25 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - U.S. President Bill Clinton believes Madeleine Albright has had a triumphant first tour as Secretary of State, including meetings in Moscow last week where she discussed NATO and other issues.

White House spokesman Michael McCurry said today Clinton believes Albright demonstrated an admirable ability to communicate U.S. views on issues that ranged from the future of Europe to the future of Asia.

Albright's ten-day tour, which ends tomorrow, included visits to Moscow and Beijing.

McCurry said Albright made progress in talks with Russian leaders on NATO enlargement and how it relates to what he called "the very important relationship we will develop with the Russian Federation."

He also said Albright had important meetings in Beijing that will pave the way for a visit there by U.S. Vice President Al Gore later this spring.