President Nixon flew back to the United States from Paris on Sunday (7 April) after a quick round of talks with leaders form Western Europe, the Soviet Union and Japan.
President Nixon flew back to the United States from Paris on Sunday (7 April) after a quick round of talks with leaders form Western Europe, the Soviet Union and Japan. The leaders covered topics ranging from closer Transatlantic ties to his scheduled visit to the Soviet Union in June.
Early on Saturday, President Nixon breakfasted with President Nikolai Podgorny of the Soviet Union, then met the Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. The three leaders - long with other world heads of state -- were in Paris for the memorial service on Friday (5 April) for the late President Georges Pompidou.
During their informal two-hour meeting, Mr. Nixon had "far ranging discussions" with Mr. Podgorny. The White House Chief of Staff, General Haig, said the talks concerned Mr. Nixon's trip to Moscow, and the discussions he would have there with Soviet leaders. The two heads of state also discussed U.S.-Soviet relations, trade, and the strategic arms limitation talks. General Haig said the situation in the Middle East also came under review.
There was no indication of the subjects touched on during Mr. Nixon's meeting with Mr. Tanaka. It's believed trade, monetary matters and bilateral relations were the main topics.
On Friday, President Nixon met the Italian President, Giovanni Leone, British Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson, the West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, and the Danish Premier Poul Hartling.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet President, Nikolai Podgorny, was at the United States Embassy in Paris early on Sunday morning. He was to have talks with President Nixon over breakfast. The two leaders were in the French capital for the memorial service on Friday for the late President Georges Pompidou.
The meeting between the Soviet and America Presidents lasted for two hours. Their discussions ere described by the White House Chief of Staff, General Haig, as "far ranging".
General Haig released no specific details of the talks, but sid they concerned Mr. Nixon's planned trip to the Soviet Union in June, and the discussions he would have there with Soviet leaders. The two heads of state discussed U.S.-Soviet relations, trade, and the strategic arms limitation talks.
President Nixon left Paris later on Sunday for Washington. He'd taken the opportunity to meet other world leaders during his stay. They included the Italian President, Giovanni Leone, the British Prime Minister Mr. Wilson, and Chancellor Willy Brandt from West Germany.
Later, the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Tanaka, arrived for talks with President Nixon, There was very little indication of the subjects raised during the meeting between the two men. Trade was one issue that was thought to have been discussed.
The Japanese and American leaders probably talked about monetary matters and bilateral relations.
President Nixon's Paris visit was viewed by some observers as a good chance to attempt to re-assert the American role in the western world -- a role that has been challenged by France in recent months.