President Bourguiba of Tunisia arrived in Washington, May 3, for a three-day State visit to the United States.
President Bourguiba of Tunisia arrived in Washington, May 3, for a three-day State visit to the United States. He was accompanied by his wife. They were met at the airport by President and Mrs. Kennedy, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and other officials.
According to protocol, President Bourguiba was welcomed with a 21-gun salute. He inspected a guard of honour; and the national anthems of both the US and Tunisia were played.
President Kennedy greeted his Tunisian opposite as "a distinguished world statesman", and added: "We Americans admire those who stand for principles and for freedom." Bourguiba, he said, had one goal in mind - an independent and free Tunisia. Now he has put before his people another goal - a better life.
Speaking in French, President Bourguiba said his welcome was "proof of the traditional friendship between our two nations." He was glad once again to be "in this land of liberty and democracy".