French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing gave Dr. Henry Kissinger a birthday surprise today (27 May)?
French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing gave Dr. Henry Kissinger a birthday surprise today (27 May) as the American Secretary of State arrived at the Elysee Palace for breakfast talks with the President. There was a huge birthday cake and a gift for the 52-year-old American statesman.
Dr. Kissinger extinguished the 52 red, white and blue candles with one breath.
Outside the Elysee Palace, waiting newsmen sang "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Kissinger before asking him for a brief description of his breakfast talks with President Giscard.
He said he thought talks between the major oil consuming and producing countries could be resumed within a month.
Later, at the O.E.C.D. building in Paris, Dr. Kissinger said special commissions should be set up to deal with raw materials and international finance and trade.
He told the International Energy Agency that the commissions could bring about a fruitful dialogue between consumers and producers.
His proposal was seen as an attempt to lure oil producers back to the conference table after the collapse last month of a preparatory meeting for an international energy conference.
This film contains a short speech by Dr. Kissinger.