Paris...British Prime Minister Harold Wilson met with French President Charles De Gaulle in Paris on?
Paris...British Prime Minister Harold Wilson met with French President Charles De Gaulle in Paris on April 2nd ending a two year diplomatic deadlock between the two countries. The two leaders met for a private two hour policy review of both Anglo-French and international problems.
Latertatan official lunch at the Elysee Palace they teasted "Anglo-French friendship". Then, with their foreign ministers and other delegation members they had a further one and a half hour meeting. De Gaulle and Wilson at the first meeting discussed East-West relations, the North Atlantic Alliance and the Middle East and Africa. British sources said the conference was "relaxed and friendly" and added that the two leaders skirted major differences in their policies. De Gaulle said in a brief after lunch speech that he was happy to tesume direct contacts between France and Britain because, "every time they fall out it causes inconveniences and every time they become friends again it brings advantages." It marked the first time British and French top leaders conferred since De Gaulle barred Britain from the European common Market over two years ago.
Diplomatic sources said the first round of talks revealed no major changes in their respective policies. The two were basically agreed or mideastern, African and East-West policies, but fell out on Viet Nam, Europe and the Western Alliance. France made it clear she thinks the only way put of the current Viet Nam crisis is a negotiated settlement. Britain backed the American stand on Viet Nam. Both countries agreed to use their influence in Israel and with the Arabs to urge restraint to avoid a war in that area. They also agreed to consult on cooperation in Africa and other fields.
In other talks they and their ministers and advisers went further into the situation in Viet Nam and explored areas of Anglo-French co-operation, particularly in the aircraft construction industry. Economic problems including the pound sterling crisis. French sources said an agreement for new joint anglo-french aircraft construction projects may be announced in a closing communique the following day.
French government sources expressed "great satisfaction" with the atmosphere and general development of the talks. They described them as "positive" and said specific results appeared likely, particularly in the field of joint aircraft production. Wilson was quoted as saying his talks with De Gaulle were "in manner.. relaxed and friendly. In substance they were frank, robust and constructive. I believe the talks today and tomorrow will pave they way to a much more cordial relationship than has existed in the last years."