CLINTON INTERESTED IN EAST-WEST CENTER, HAWAII SUMMIT MEETING

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (May 6, 1998 - PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---At a White House meeting with members of the Asian Pacific Caucus last week, President Bill Clinton told legislators he is interested in holding a Pacific summit at Hawaii's East-West Center next year, the Phillips New Service reports.

He told Hawaii Representatives Patsy Mink, Chairperson of the Caucus, and Neil Abercrombie that the Honolulu meeting, to address mutual concerns, should include leaders of both Asia and the Pacific Islands region.

Participants in the Washington meeting told the American President that they are concerned that he, like previous presidents, has failed to name any Asian Pacific Americans to his cabinet, despite their growing numbers and influence in the United States.

The caucus members also encouraged President Clinton to take administrative action to make it easier for foreigners to travel to the United States, particularly Hawaii, for emergency visits with family members residing in America.

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