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Ukraine: Kuchma Arriving In Washington Today

Washington, 14 May 1997 (RFE/RL) - Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma is due to arrive in Washington today to start a three-day official working visit.

The main focus of the trip is the first meeting of the U.S.-Ukraine Bi-national Commission co-chaired by Kuchma and U.S. Vice President Al Gore. It will be held Friday in the White House complex.

Kuchma will also meet with President Bill Clinton during his visit.

Tomorrow (Thursday) Kuchma has scheduled meetings with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Michel Camdessus, and the President of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn. He is also due to meet with U.S. congressional leaders and hold a discussion with a group of American business leaders and investors.

Thursday evening, Kuchma will bestow Ukrainian state awards on former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry and former White House National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. He will himself receive an award for promoting democracy from an American foundation called the International Foundation For Election Systems.

Kuchma is scheduled to leave Washington on Saturday.