Following the announcement by President Clinton that the United States were confirming their commitment to take part in developing a modular space station derived from the original Freedom concept, the ESA Director General Mr Jean- Marie Luton has expressed his satisfaction at this in a letter sent to Mr John Gibbons, the President's advisor on science and technology affairs.
ESA will continue to cooperate with NASA in a positive spirit, so as to arrive at a redefinition of the international Space Station acceptable to all the present partners.
As to the possibility of opening up cooperation on this programme in the future to other partners, Russia in particular, ESA can but support such a position since it has itself embarked on discussions on future cooperation in the area of crewed spaceflight.
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