President Nixon welcomed President Tito as a "world statesman of first rank" when he met the Yugoslav leader in Washington on Thursday (28 October).
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"I welcome you first on this occasion as a leader of a nation with which the United States has very friendly relations. I welcome you also as a world statesman of the first rank."
In reply, President Tito said:
"We have come here in the same way as you come to Yugoslavia, to strengthen and promote such relations still further. This is the interest of our two countries."
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Background: President Nixon welcomed President Tito as a "world statesman of first rank" when he met the Yugoslav leader in Washington on Thursday (28 October).
President Tito's first official visit to the United States will last six days. He has already had a 75-minute talk with President Nixon.
Welcoming President Tito, President Nixon said: