December 5, 1984

At the recommendation of the Secretary of State, I have today asked Ambassador Paul Nitze to serve as adviser to the Secretary for the Geneva talks. Ambassador Nitze has a long history of distinguished service to his country, and I am very pleased that he has accepted.

Note: On the same day, the White House announced that the President and Secretary of State George P. Shultz discussed arms control and other issues during a luncheon meeting at the White House.

Following the luncheon, they met in the Oval Office with Ambassador Nitze for a discussion of the forthcoming Geneva talks. During the afternoon, the President held additional meetings with his advisers to discuss arms control issues.