Australian Premier Robert Menzies - on a two-day visit to America - was accompanied by U.
Australian Premier Robert Menzies - on a two-day visit to America - was accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, and Australia Ambassador Howard Beale, when he called at the White House, Washington, Feb 24, for lunch with President Kennedy.
As they left their car, the party were greeted by Mr Biddle Duke, the State Department Protocol Officer.
Later - after discussions over a two-hour lunch - the American President and Mr Menzies issued a joint statement welcoming the efforts of King Savang Vatthana to restore peace in Laos and trusted he would be successful despite the coolness of the Soviet Union and Cambodia.
They reaffirmed their "strong faith" in the South-East Asia Treaty and in the Australia, New Zealand, United States agreement as "bulwarks" for the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
After the meeting, Mr Menzies left for New York immediately. He was on his way to London for the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' conference.