President Suharto of Indonesia began a three-day State Visit to the United States on Tuesday (26th May) with a visit to the White House in Washington.
President Suharto of Indonesia began a three-day State Visit to the United States on Tuesday (26th May) with a visit to the White House in Washington. Later he laid a wreath at the Arlington National Cemetery.
The President's first state visit to the United States began officially with a 90-minute courtesy call on President and Mrs Nixon. President Suharto, who opposes military alliances, is returning a visit Mr Nixon made to Djakarta during his Asian tour last July.
The Indonesian leader conferred with President Nixon on prospects for restoring peace to war-torn Indo-China before proceeding to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath in memory of America's fallen soldiers.
Although he was expected to maintain his neutralist attitude towards the Vietnam War, in continuing talks, President Suharto is known to have pleased the American President by organising the recent II-nation Asian Foreign Ministers Conference in Djakarta, to seek a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
President Suharto began a round of formal talks last night (Tuesday 26th) with a call for all foreign troops to be withdrawn from Cambodian soil. Replying, President Nixon said he believed the United States and Indonesia were united on the principles that all people should be free of any foreign domination.