Mrs. Rasalynn Carter, wife of the United States President, Jimmy Carter, arrived in Lima, Peru?
Mrs. Rasalynn Carter, wife of the United States President, Jimmy Carter, arrived in Lima, Peru on Friday (3 June) to continue her goodwill tour of Latin America. Her first half hour on Peruvian soil was spent standing under a red and white canopy greeting a receiving line of government officials. Then she was driven to the American Embassy for talks with the President himself, General Morales Bermudez.
SYNOPSIS: Like their important visitor, many in the welcoming party were fairly new to the world of international politics. General Bermudez took control in Peru just under two years ago, when he overthrew a left-wing military regime. He has promised a return to civilian rule by 1980. The President's wife, who was among the first to greet Mrs. Carter, said she hoped Peru and the United States would improve their excellent relations with "constant dialogue". President Bermudez's government is keen to obtain American support for new development schemes, especially boosting food production, and refinancing the national debt.
Before setting out to meet the President, Mrs. Carter was introduced to Peruvian government leaders and their wives.
Part of Mrs. Carter's Latin-American tour is to explain U.S. policy on human rights and control of nuclear arms.