United States President Richard Nixon--accompanied by his wife Pat--arrived in Warsaw yesterday (Wednesday), for a 24-hour visit to the Polish capital, the last stop of his current tour of Eastern Europe and Iran.
United States President Richard Nixon--accompanied by his wife Pat--arrived in Warsaw yesterday (Wednesday), for a 24-hour visit to the Polish capital, the last stop of his current tour of Eastern Europe and Iran. They were met at Okesic Airport by Poland's Chairman of the Council of State (Prime Minister) Piotr Jaroszewiez (Pron: Pee-o-ter Yareshevitch), with when he drove to the centre of Wareaw to lay a wreath at the Temb of the Unknown Soldier. Thousands of Poles crowded the streets to watch the U.S. President.
President Nixon, who arrived from a brief visit to Teheran after his Moscow Summit talks with the Soviet leader,s later held talks with Polish Communist Party Chief Edward Gierek and Prime Minister Jareszewicz, at which they agreed that their two countries would work towards a European Jecurity Conference and a reduction of Armed Forces in Central Europe.
The American party---which also included State Secretary william rogers and Presidential Adviser Henry Kissinger--returned to Washington today (Thursday).
SYNOPSIS: The United States Presidential aircraft arriving at Warsaw's Okecie Airport on Wednesday--carrying President and Mrs. Nixon, as they arrived from Teheran on the last leg of their tour of Eastern Europe and Iran. President Nixon--who was the guest of the Shah of Iran following his Summit talks with the Soviet leaders in Moscow--remained twenty-four hours in the Polish capital.
The official welcoming party was headed by the Chairman of Poland's Council of State, Prime Minister Piotr Jaoszewicz. Mister Nixon is the first United States President over to visit Poland--but he and his wife Pat were there before, thirteen years age when he was President Eisenhower's Vice-President.
At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the centre of Warsaw, President Nixon laid a wrath in memory of Poland's war dead--mainly these killed during the German occupation of World War Two.
It was a public holiday in Poland--a predominantly Roman Catholic country celebration the religious day of Corpus Christi--and so thousands of people took the opportunity of lining the Presidential route and crowding around the Americans, to the consternation of police and security officers who were trying to keep the crowds away from the President and Mrs. Nixon. A series of social and diplomatic meeting were to take place with Polish leaders before President Nixon was due to fly back to Washington the following day.