United States President Richard Nixon arrived in Bonn today (Wednesday) for the West German leg of his round Europe tour.
United States President Richard Nixon arrived in Bonn today (Wednesday) for the West German leg of his round Europe tour. Before launching into a round of talks with Chancellor Kiesinger and President Luebke President Nixon made a speech to the small cheering crowd that welcomed him at the airport.
Plans for Mr. Nixon to arrive in Bonn by helicopter were cancelled because of bad weather--it was encwing and there were bursts of sleet. Dr. Kiesinger welcomed him at the airport. In his arrival speech the President said:-
Later President Nixon and Dr. Kiesinger began talks in the Palace Schaumburg on the European situation. Mr. Nixon said that his visit to West Berlin tomorrow (Thursday) was being made with no hostile or provocative intent to demonstrate that the United States supported West Berlin. Official spokesmen for the two sides said that the President and the Chancellor agreed that the Western-European countries should not overdramatise the current crisis between France and her neighbours over Europe's future, and the reiterated his pledge not to make any specific agreement with the Soviet Union on East-West problems without consulting his allies.
The President continued his review of European, Middle East, trade, and monetary problems with West German ministers during his visit to President Luebke at the Villa Hammerschemidt for luncheon.