President Carter wants the United States to have full diplomatic relationships with all countries in Asia as soon as possible.
President Carter wants the United States to have full diplomatic relationships with all countries in Asia as soon as possible. He expressed this wish on Wednesday (5 October) at a luncheon for Asian diplomats and government officials in the United States Mission at the United Nations.
SYNOPSIS: With the United Nations in session and President Carter in New York, the United States Mission building has been a hive of activity
Among the guests was Mrs. Imelda Marcos, wife of President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines.
Officials were there from all parts of Asia, including China, Vietnam and Mongolia.
Protocol was observed to the letter as President Carter arrived with United States Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young. This luncheon was a quiet interlude in the President's flurry of diplomatic activity at the United Nations during the week.
CARTER: "We also have changing relationships with many of your nations. In South East Asia we are trying to repair the damage of recent war and stretch out a hand of friendship to those countries with whom in the past we have had animosity. A few of you are nations where we don't yet enjoy full diplomatic relations. We would like to establish those diplomatic exchanges with you without delay, so that we might probe to alleviate the differences that divide us and also assess and take advantage of the common problems that we can address together. So we are eager to proceed to repair the damages of the past and to approach the future in a spirit of friendship co-operation."