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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
April 20, 2001

Remarks by the President in Photo Opportunity with Andean Leaders
Loews Concorde Hotel
Quebec, Canada

3:51 P.M. (L)

     THE PRESIDENT:  I want to thank you all for coming.  It is my honor to host what I think is a very important meeting between the members of the Andean coalition and my country.  I wanted to visit with the leaders face to face.  I met President Pastrana before, it's good see him again.  I have talked on the phone to some of the leaders.  I want to assure the leaders here that our nation looks forward to working with you, and particularly when it comes to trade and commerce.

     I want to assure the leaders that Plan Colombia means more than just the country of Colombia.  I know that's of concern to the President of Ecuador, that we've got plans for all the countries in the region.  And it's not just on helping to fight drugs.  It's on making sure that the economies remain strong, that the infrastructure for education is in place. It is in our nation's interest that we cooperate together.  And so I appreciate the leaders for being here.

     It is my honor to host this discussion.  I look forward to a very frank and honest exchange of areas where we can cooperate; and if there are some problems, areas that we can work together to solve the problems.  So thank you all for coming.  El honor es mio.

                                                                    END 3:53 P.M. (L)

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