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Gorbachev arrives in U.S.

Published May 3, 1992|Updated Oct. 11, 2005

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in the United States on Saturday for a 13-day tour that begins with a reunion with one-time Cold War rival Ronald Reagan.

Gorbachev's tour is to include several speeches during stops in seven cities. It's his first visit to this country since he resigned as president of the Soviet Union during the country's final days.

He came to the United States at the invitation of Reagan, who praised Gorbachev recently as a man who "will live forever in history."

Today, the Gorbachevs and their daughter Irina are to travel by motorcade to Reagan's Santa Barbara ranch for lunch and a tour of the property.

On Monday, the Gorbachevs are to visit Reagan's Presidential Library in Simi Valley, 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Gorbachev also is scheduled to deliver a major speech in Fulton, Mo., where Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946.

The visit is Gorbachev's third big international trip since he quit political office on Dec. 25, 1991. Always more popular abroad no matter what his standing at home, he was warmly received this year in Germany and Japan.

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