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    The Merdeka (Freedom) Palace in Jakarta - For 20 hours, American President Gerlad Ford met with Indonesia's leader, President Suharto, and generally relaxed after his five-day official visit to china.

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    The Merdeka (Freedom) Palace in Jakarta - For 20 hours, American President Gerlad Ford met with Indonesia's leader, President Suharto, and generally relaxed after his five-day official visit to china.

    The talks, which included Indonesian Foreign Minister Adam Malik and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were relatively brief, lasting just two hours. The brevity of the communique which followed also reflected the lack of problems between Indonesia and the United Sates.

    No mention, however, has been made of Timor being discussed.

    The invasion of Diki came soon after these talks concluded.

    On to Manila, where a cast of thousands greeted the American president -- his most spectacular welcome in Asia. Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos staged a Hollywood-style spectacular on Saturday (December 6th) which brought grape of surprise and amazement form white Mouse staff accompanying President Ford.

    In their airport speeches, both presidents stressed the friendly relations still existing between the United Stated and its former colony despite problems brought about by Communist Victories in Indochina. A 21-gun salute and an honour guard inspection completed the formalities.

    The most lavish welcome, however, was along Manila's main thoroughfare- Roxas Boulevard. South sides were thronged by dancers and singers in local costumes representing every tribe and minority group in the Philippines.

    President Ford later wrote: "A most wonderful welcome by great friends."
    A boat trip the following day took both president and their wives to Corrigidor Island at the mouth of Manila Bay. President Ford placed a wrest at the site commencerating the island's surrender in 1942 to the Japanese.

    During their two rounds of talks, both presidents agreed on the need for an early review of the future of American military bases in the Philippines. A joint communique said negotiations on the bases should clearly recognise Philippine sovereignty.

    President Marcos spoke of his efforts towards military salreliance and his policy of only allowing foreign ground troop in for the philippines defence "as a last resort".

    After another colourful ceremony at Manila airport, President Ford flew on to Hawaii for services to mark the anniversary of the Pearl Harbour attack.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA52PZHHAPFFOBCQNWI1Z5WCBA6
    Media URN:
    VLVA52PZHHAPFFOBCQNWI1Z5WCBA6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:50:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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