French Prime Minister Michel Debre was greeted at Northolt Airfield, UK, April 13, by British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd.
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Background: French Prime Minister Michel Debre was greeted at Northolt Airfield, UK, April 13, by British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd. With M. Debre is Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville.
Their talks in London are aimed at coordinating Western policy for the forthcoming East-West Foreign Ministers Conference in Geneva next month.
M. Debre told reporters, "Governments of the Western Powers should set their political ambitions on a level with the great problems of our century." Observers believe this to be directed against the present estrangement of Anglo-German relations. Last week Dr. Adenauer reported that certain circles in Britain were "pulling strings" to disrupt co-operation between the two countries.
Referring to Mr. Macmillan's recent visits to Paris and other Western Power capitals, M. Debre said, "It has become necessary to have new conferences and M. Couve de Murville and myself are happy to accept the invitation of the British Government. Naturally our discussions will deal with...the future conference of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the question of Berlin and the security of Europe."
He also stressed the importance to the whole of Europe of Britain and France conferring when difficulties arose and adopting a common view point.
With M. Debre in Mr. Macmillan's car and the French and British Foreign Ministers in another vehicle, the party drove to London for talks at the British Premier's residence, No. 10 Downing Street.