West German Chancellor Willy Brandt hurried home on Saturday, two days early, for his historic six-day United States visit because of a domestic row over policy towards the Soviet Union.
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MV INTERIOR Oval Room; Brandt & Nixon ???eated talking
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SV (Left to right) Ambassador Ban Well & Von Staden (with glasses). ZOOM OUT TO Brandt & Nixon talking
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MV Brandt & Nixon & others posing for photographers on steps on White House (2 shots)
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Background: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt hurried home on Saturday, two days early, for his historic six-day United States visit because of a domestic row over policy towards the Soviet Union.
The Chancellor had earlier made his country's first speech at the United Nations where East and West Germany are now members.
President Nixon, who has proclaimed this "The year of Europe", asked Herr Brandt to the White House.
A spokesman said the two leaders agreed the talks on American-European relations were progressing on the right path but further discussions were needed.
The President has met some European opposition to his plans for closer trade and defence link between Atlantic alliance countries.
SYNOPSIS: United States' President Nixon has still not decided whether to cap his 'Year of Europe' with a triumphant tour after Saturday's White House meeting with West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. New American Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger was in the small party. The leaders agreed the talks had progressed on the right path but further discussions were needed.
The President has met European opposition to his plane for closer trade and defence links and he may now visit Japan before going to Europe.
Herr Brandt was in America to make his country's first speech at the United Nations where East and West Germany were recently made members.
His visit ended on a sour note because of a domestic parliamentary row back in West Germany, over remarks made by Social Democrat Party Leader Herr Herbert Wehner while in Moscow. Herr Wehner said little should be expected from the Soviet Union in the coming big power agreement about West Berlin.
Informed sources said the Chancellor was annoyed about the comment. He hurried home two days earlier than planned, soon after leaving President Nixon.