Bill Clin­ton and Boris Yeltsin

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On April 3, 1993, UBC gained world­wide at­ten­tion when two world lead­ers, US Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Boris Yeltsin, con­verged on cam­pus for their two-day Van­cou­ver Sum­mit. The first for­mal meet­ing be­tween the two lead­ers was held at Nor­man MacKen­zie House, the res­i­dence of then UBC pres­i­dent David Strang­way. To­day, two brown-leather wing­back chairs used by the two lead­ers serve as a lively topic of con­ver­sa­tion for vis­i­tors to the house. “The beauty of Van­cou­ver has in­spired our work here, and this week­end I be­lieve we have laid the foun­da­tion for a new demo­cratic part­ner­ship be­tween the United States and Rus­sia,” said Bill Clin­ton at a news con­fer­ence fol­low­ing the sum­mit.

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