The Shah of Iran started a four-day United States visit on Thursday (15 May) with an elaborate White House reception and effusive welcome from President Ford.
MV Car arriving, Shah out and welcomed by President Ford and wife
CU Demonstrators, wearing masks, and carrying placards
MV Demonstrators re-enacting flogging
CU Demonstrators with masks and placards
MCU Ford speaking
MV Guests applaud
CU Shah speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: FORD: "Our's is an old and tested friendship. It will continue to be so in the future. Since your Imperial Majesty's last visit in Washington, the world has seen many changes. But throughout this period, the United States' commitment to peace and progress for the world has remained firm. Out commitment to a continuity of relations and constructive cooperation with friends, such as Iran, has remained constant even while the world has changed."
SEQ. 7: SHAH: "As you mentioned, the world is changing very rapidly. My country will be alongside the United States in the creation of that new world. I'm sure that during the period of my visit here Mr. President, and the talks that we will have, we shall forget the road for this better world in the most harmonious way between out two countries."
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Background: The Shah of Iran started a four-day United States visit on Thursday (15 May) with an elaborate White House reception and effusive welcome from President Ford. The only sour note was struck by 100 Iranian students who staged a demonstration attacking Iran's absolute ruler just across the road from the White House.
Before the first day's programme was over, both President Ford and the Shah announced that they expect a substantial increase in trade between their two countries.
A couple of months ago, it was revealed that the United States would play a major part in Iran's huge power and industrial development plan.
During talks the two leaders also discussed progress towards a Middle East settlement.
At the White House welcome, both leaders stressed the long and close ties between their two countries.