U.S. President Nixon, turning aside from the Watergate scandal, began official talks with visiting West?
U.S. President Nixon, turning aside from the Watergate scandal, began official talks with visiting West German Chancellor Willy Brandt on Tuesday (I May).
The meeting, which lasted for nearly two hours, was the first of two scheduled between the two heads of state to discuss U.S-European relations during what Mr. Nixon has called his "Year of Europe".
The talks began immediately after welcoming ceremonies in which a cheerful and relaxed Mr. Nixon joked with his guest while posing for photographers.
West German sources said that during the meeting, President Nixon gave Chancellor Brandt a first-hand report on his ideas for revitalising the Atlantic partnership. Herr Brandt was said to be fully satisfied with President Nixon's answers.
Before travelling to the United States, Chancellor Brandt had adopted a wait-and-see attitude to proposals by president Nixon's foreign policy advisor, Dr. Kissinger, for a new Atlantic charter. The new charter called for an economic, political and defence link between the United States and Europe.
President Nixon's meeting with the West German Chancellor is one of a series he is holding with European leaders. He has already met with the leaders of Britain and Italy, and he will be seeing French President Georges Pompidou soon.