President Gerald Ford on Sunday (27 July) pledged that the United States would work closely with the major Western powers to pull the world economy out of its present recession.
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Background: President Gerald Ford on Sunday (27 July) pledged that the United States would work closely with the major Western powers to pull the world economy out of its present recession.
President Ford arrived in the West German capital, Bonn, on Saturday at the start of a 10-day European tour during which he will also attend the 35-nation Helsinki Security summit meeting.
On Sunday, the President, Mrs. Ford. and Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, flew by helicopter to Bonn's schaumburg Castle for talks with Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Speaking to newsmen on the palace lawns after the two-hour session, President Ford said that he, Herr Schmidt and Dr. Kissinger, had spoken about the current situations in Turkey and the Middle East and the Helsinki Conference.
He said "I believe that the Helsinki meeting can and will be a further step in achieving what we all want - a betterment of relations between East and West".
But the main topic had been the world recession. Herr Schmidt said that the world's economic plight could only be overcome it is was attacked internationally. This, he said, would mean trans-Atlantic cooperation on trade, investment, credit and currency.
The West German Chancellor said he and Mr. Ford would meet with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing and British Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson, in Helsinki for further talks aimed at coordinating their economic pans for reviving the Western economy.
Later on Sunday, Mr. Ford went to Giessen (near Frankfurt) for the annual picnic of the 1st Brigade, Armoured Division, where he looked over the new M60A2 tank. The American tank is a recent addition to NATO's European arsenal. It is superior to its predecessor, the M60A1 as it can fire both a conventional round and the accurate Shillelagh missile from its 152 mm gun/launcher.