INTRODUCTION: United States President Jimmy Carter was the first of six western power leaders to arrive in Britain for a summit conference on the international economy when he landed at London's Heathrow airport on Thursday night (5 May).
GV United States President Jimmy Carter down aircraft steps and greeted by British Prime Minister James Callaghan, London, U.K.
SV Policemen and police dog
SV Carter and Callaghan on rostrum, Callaghan making welcoming speech, and newsmen behind barricade (2 shots)
GVs Carter and Callaghan shaking hands and Carter making speech in response (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: CALLAGHAN: "Mr. President, after your tiring journey we don't intend to keep you for more than a second, but I'd like to welcome you here to this capital city of London, of which we're very proud, on behalf of all the people of the United Kingdom. London's looking forward to seeing you. Britain is looking forward to seeing you. And, I must say, in view of the ventures that you and I are going to be engaged on this weekend, I can welcome you on behalf of our....this old continent of Europe, which has always been so closely linked to the United States. Welcome."
CARTER: "Thank you very much. I'd like to say a word. I'm very proud to come to London, to Great Britain, as the first country that I have visited outside my own nation as President of the United States. It's not an accident that this is my first overseas trip, because of the historic ties that have always bound the United States of America and .......the United Kingdom together, in a special and very precious relationship. It's also a proper place for the leaders of some of the industrial nations of the world to assemble here in London. This is the first time that an American president has been able to visit Great Britain since you assumed, Mr. Prime Minister, such a strong position in the European community. You're now the leader of that community, and it's entirely appropriate that you and I and five other national leaders should come here to discuss matters of common import."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: United States President Jimmy Carter was the first of six western power leaders to arrive in Britain for a summit conference on the international economy when he landed at London's Heathrow airport on Thursday night (5 May). Mr. Carter, who is making his first visit outside the United States since he became President in January, is also attending a summit meeting of leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation -- NATO.
SYNOPSIS: British Prime Minister Mr. James Callaghan is hosting the Western summit, which includes the leaders of Japan, Italy, West Germany, Canada and France. Their aim will be to chart guidelines against unemployment and inflation, to help poorer nations, and liberalise trade. But the welcome for Mr. Carter was on a less eighty note.