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Georgia: Presidents To Meet Late Friday

Washington, 18 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Bill Clinton late today at the conclusion of the second day of his visit to Washington.

The White House says the meeting was scheduled well after the usual business day to accomodate the busy schedule of both presidents.

Shevardnadze opens his schedule today with an early morning meeting with World Bank President James Wolfensohn. He then goes on to seperate talks with U.S. Commerce Secretary William Daily, Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott, Energy Secretary Federico Pena, and Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan.

Shevardnadze will also visit the U.S. Export Import (Exim) Bank to sign a basic credit agreement. The signing will activate a $14 million guarantee from Exim to help Georgia buy a new air traffic control system. The Georgian leader will also meet with senior officials of the International Monetary Fund.