On the second day of his two-day talks in Paris, Nov 12, Britain's Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd continued discussions with his French counterpart Couve de Murville, had a fifty-minute meeting with Premier Debre and brief talks with President de Gaulle.
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Background: On the second day of his two-day talks in Paris, Nov 12, Britain's Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd continued discussions with his French counterpart Couve de Murville, had a fifty-minute meeting with Premier Debre and brief talks with President de Gaulle.
In their talks, the British and French Ministers were mainly concerned with the political future of Western Europe, and in particular with the part Britain can play. They agreed on the aims of maintaining a state of balance between Russia and western Europe and of ensuring that Germany played her proper part in Europe without drifting towards neutralism. This in turn meant full Franco-German cooperation as a basis for the European Common Market, which should be liberal and not heavily protectionist.
Referring to the future of Africa, Couve de Murville pointed to the great changes in the French Community in its first year of existence. Both sides agreed that the wisest course was to seek to remain on good terms with the newly emergent African nations.
At the Elysee Palace, General de Gaulle expressed his appreciation of British efforts to decrease tension between Russia and the West. He warmly praised Premier Macmillan's initiative in visiting Khrushchev earlier this year and paving the road to a Summit conference.
The General explained why he felt it necessary to have first a meeting with Khrushchev, and agreed that a Summit should take place as soon as possible after Khrushchev's visit and after his own visit London.
Earlier in the day, it was announced in Paris that the President had accepted "with great pleasure" the Queen's invitation to himself and Mme de Gaulle to pay a visit to Britain from April 5 to 8.