|For Immediate Release||March 23, 1998|
Let me say that as short as this visit is, I think what?s mostimportant is the content. And there? no doubt that the agenda that?s beendrawn out would be an issue that takes on the serious subjects that concernAfrica, an issue that?s been initiated by the President and members of hisCabinet. That?s most welcome to this continent.
Let me remind you, ladies and gentlemen, 27 years from now, as I saidto some of our colleagues in the CNN yesterday, that the population of thiscontinent or sub-Saharan Africa will be doubling to about 1.5 billion. Andif we don?t take the appropriate measures both from the economic standpointand the political standpoint, to lay the foundation towards development andpeace, I?m afraid we?ll be running down the hill.
However, I feel very hopeful and very confident that the measureswe?ve taken and a good number of African countries, we?re beginning toregister a healthy economic upturn. The political stability that?sreturning to this continent, no doubt, I believe is what must haveencouraged the President and his colleagues to take on this issue to dowhat they can to assist the efforts that we?re putting in Africa.
And for this, I would like to welcome him, his wife, his -- our dearChelsea -- we?ll talk about her later -- and members of his Cabinet. AndI?m so glad that we have Reverend Minister Jackson also as a member of thedelegation.
And -- what else? Talking about the eight-hour period. Let meexplain that in politics there are times I believe that we spend the leasttime with those who have the least problems. It?s hot naturally so all thetime. I mean, there are times when we can relax and spend a lot of timewith those that we have so much in common. But quite frankly, therelationship between the U.S. and Ghana has been so healthy, so muchfoundation has been laid, that, quite frankly, I believe there?s no turningback in terms of the progress that?s been made. And I can only see aforward movement.
And let me simply end up by saying that please, you?ve come at thewrong time of the season -- not in economic or political terms, but thehot, blazing sun. So please do what you can to -- not to dehydrateyourself. Do what you can to take in as much liquids as you can, and don?tmiss out on the sun.
Thank you very much.
Q Mr. President Clinton, have you spoken with --
PRESIDENT RAWLINGS: Can we make this just the one and only question,because -- let?s put it this way, I don?t want to share the limited timethat I have with the President. I have only, barely -- no, about eighthours from now. And our colleagues are waiting in the Cabinet for ameeting. Beyond that, our people have been waiting from 5:00 am and thereare hundreds of thousands, chiefs, elders, children, et cetera. I don?twant anybody fainting. Neither do I think President Clinton would like tosee that happen.
Q It?s only one, sir.
PRESIDENT CLINTON: I?ll take one question.
Q Thank you, sir. Have you spoken with President Yeltsin? Are youconcerned about his dismissal of his cabinet? Do you think you understandwhat is behind it or what the effect will be, sir?
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Let me say, first of all, I have not spoken withhim. I found out about it this morning when I woke up. And until I knowmore, I don?t think I should say much, except that we don?t interfere inthe internal affairs of any country, and as President, he has to constitutethe government as he sees fit. We hope that the general direction ofpolicy will be unaffected by this, and I have no reason to believe that it-- that anything different will occur in a way that?s at all adverse to thepartnership we?ve been building with Russia. If I know anything else inthe next few hours I?ll be glad to tell you.
Let me also thank President Rawlings for welcoming me here. I havevery much looked forward to coming to Ghana, especially since the firsttime we met in the White House. I admire the direction this nation istaking under his leadership, and I want to make the most of this next eighthours. So we better go to work so we can get out there and see the people,too.
PRESIDENT RAWLINGS: Thank you very much, sir.
PRESIDENT CLINTON: Thank you.
Africa Trip Speeches
First Lady Remarks at December 31st Women's Movement Daycare Center
First Lady Remarks at Makerere University
Remarks to the People of Rwanda
FINCA Women's Project
Remarks to the People of Ghana
Opening of the Ron Brown Center
Remarks at TechnoServe Peace Corps Project Site
Interview by the Discovery Channel
Remarks to the Community of Kisowera
Remarks at Reception
Photo Opportunity with the Presidents
Remarks in Photo Opportunity
Remarks with Village Business Owner
African Environmentalists and Officials
Remarks at Regina Mundi Church
Photo Opportunity with President Abdou Diouf
President Clinton and President Mandela
Remarks Upon Departure
Remarks at the Entebbe Summit
Remarks during visit to Victoria
Remarks in Robben Island
Interview of the President by BET
Africa Trade Bill
President to the Parliament of South Africa
Videotaped Remarks to the People of Africa
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