The United States Secretary of State, William Rogers, has signed America's first consular convention with Czechoslovakia.
GV Government Building, Prague
SV INTERIOR Rogers left, and Chnoupek take seats at table
SCU Officials look on
CU Chnoupek signing document followed by Rogers (3 shots)
SV Rogers enters room and greeted by Husak
SCU Premier Lubomir Strougal greets Rogers
SV Rogers and Husak take seats
SV Husak talking to Rogers
V Party seated around table
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Background: The United States Secretary of State, William Rogers, has signed America's first consular convention with Czechoslovakia. The signing took place on Monday (July 9) at the Foreign Ministry in the capital Prague.
The Czechoslovakian Foreign Minister, Bohuslav Chnoupek signed for his country.
Mr. Rogers said the convention would facilitate both the freedom of movement of people and of trade between the two countries. The Czechoslovak government has described it as the most important accord concluded between the United States and Czechoslovakia since the war.
Until now, consular relations between the two countries have been governed by the minimum provisions of the Vienna convention. The new agreement is similar to those between the United States and other East European countries.
While Mr. Rogers was in Prague, he had talks with the Communist Party leader, Dr. Gustav Husak., the Prime Minister, Lubomir Strougal and Mr. Chnoupek.