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General Summit

Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the policies of Her Majesty's Government on the issues to be raised at the Geneva summit.

We welcome the prospect of a meeting between President Reagan and Mr. Gorbachev. Contact at the highest level can make a valuable contribution to the process of creating better understanding and confidence between East and West. We hope the meeting will give impetus to the arms control negotiations in Geneva and elsewhere. We also welcome President Reagan's expressed determination to address regional questions and human rights' issues; both are sources of tension and misunderstanding, and progress on these would make its own contribution to better East-West relations.