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    U.K. Prime Minister Macmillan's Washington talks with U.S. President Kennedy ended April 8. In a?

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    GV. White House.

    GBV. Macmillan and Kennedy at microphones, silent shot.





    CU. Silent cameraman.




    "We have had a series of candid and friendly talks. We discussed the present world situation in general, and, in particular, the major issues of international relations which effect our two countries. We have reached a very high level of agreement, on our estimate, in the nature of the problems which we faced. We realize all too well that to meet these problems will require from us many sacrifices."

    "Open and friendly discussions have served to clarify and confirm our common commitment to those who care for freedom. We are in complete agreement as to the gravity and depth of the dangers in the present world situation, for those nations which wish to retain their independence and the priceless right of choice."

    "While we recognise that the core of western security against armed agression continues to be the North Atlantic Alliance, we also discussed how our countries can help to strengthen the free world as a whole. We have considered what measures it might be advisable to take, together with our allies, to insure the cohesion, effectiveness, and adaptability of the Atlantic community in a changing world. To this end we have examined the world economic and financial situation including the problems of imbalanced and short term capital movements, the need for co-ordination to meet these problems by increased utilisation and existing international machinery, the need for more effective assistance to nations in an earlier stage of world development, of economic development and the need for maintenance of world trade at the highest possible level. We have recognised both the urgency and the importance of further steps towards economic and political unity of Europe."

    "We reaffirm our vigorous support of the United Nations and our determination to oppose the attempts clearly being made to undermine its authority as an instrument for peace and security in the world. We have given close attention to South East Asia, and specifically to Laos and Vietnam. We are agreed upon both the importance and d difficulty of working towards satisfactory relations with the Soviet Union. We also reaffirm the determination of our governments to do their utmost to bring to a successful conclusion, within a reasonable period of time, the negotiations in Geneva for the cessation of nuclear weapons test under effective instructions and control. We have talked as partners, but with the full awareness of the right and the interests of the other nations with whom we are closely associated. I want to say, speaking personally, and also as President of the United States that it has been a source of great satisfaction to me to have the Prime Minister visit this country again. We have enjoyed the closest relations and the fullest confidence with three of my predecessors, President Roosevelt, President Truman, and President Eisenhower, and it is therefore as the fourth in this series of American presidents, it has been the greatest possible pleasure to have this opportunity to establish close, and, I think, highly satisfactory personal and public relations with him during these last few days. We are delighted that I had a chance to see him again after our very satisfactory talk in Florida. Each one of our meetings has increased the degree of cohesion which exists, and must exist, between his country and the United States, and therefore, I must say as these talks come to a conclusion, I think I express the sentiment of all the Americans who participated, our great appreciation to the Prime Minister, his Secretary of State, Lord Home, and to the other delegates for another happy milestone in the long series of meetings which have existed between the United States and Great Britain in previous y
    ears. Prime Minister."


    "Mr. President, I want to thank you very much for the words you have used on behalf of myself, of the Secretary of State and all my colleagues to thank you and Mr. Secretary Rusk for the kindness and courtesy which you have shown us in the last few days. This has been a very happy visit and I am delighted that there is a level, in your own words, to make that friendship both private and public, which I fell certain will be good for both our countries and for the future of all the free world, but the point is we have had just that friendly talk, sometimes in private and sometimes with our collaborators, which is the basis of confidence, that I hope and feel in established between us. And on that friendship, I trust that we shall long be able to work for the benefit of our countries and for all the world. I thank you most warmly."

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    Background: U.K. Prime Minister Macmillan's Washington talks with U.S. President Kennedy ended April 8. In a statement to newsmen on the steps of the White House, the two heads of state reported "complete agreement" about the dangers facing" "those nations who wish to retain their independence and the priceless right of choice." Next day, April 9, Mr. Macmillan left for his Ottawa talks with Prime Minister Diefenbaker of Canada.

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