Presidential envoy Henry Kissinger visited President Nixon at the weekend at his Key Biscayne retreat to brief him on progress in the Vietnam Peace talks.
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Background: Presidential envoy Henry Kissinger visited President Nixon at the weekend at his Key Biscayne retreat to brief him on progress in the Vietnam Peace talks.
White House aides were cautioning against speculation that peace was imminent, but did not discourage thoughts that substantial progress came out of 35 hours of talks last week with North Vietnamese negotiator Le Duc Tho.
Immediately after talking with Dr. Kissinger, President Nixon sent special envoy General Alexander Haig to Saigon to brief South Vietnamese President Nguyen van Thieu on the talks. Observers suggested General Haig might be carrying a new peace package to President Thieu which would go some way towards ending South Vietnamese dissatisfaction with the peace programme worked out in October.
SYNOPSIS: U.S. Presidential envoy Henry Kissinger briefed President Nixon on Sunday on the progress of the Vietnam peace talks. Kissinger flew back to the President's Key Biscayne retreat with General Alexander Haig after a marathon week of bargaining in Paris.
Soon after meeting both men, President Nixon sent General Haig to Saigon to brief South Vietnamese President Nguyen van Thieu on latest progress. White House aides advised against speculation of an imminent settlement. But they didn't discourage speculation that last week's talks made substantial progress.
General Haig is believed to be carrying details that should help ease previous South Vietnamese objections to attempts at a peace settlement.