For the last of his two-day talks with Italian leaders, President Eisenhower went to Rome's Quirinal Palace, Dec 5.
For the last of his two-day talks with Italian leaders, President Eisenhower went to Rome's Quirinal Palace, Dec 5. Later that evening, the President gave a dinner at the Villa Taverna - US Ambassador's Rome residence - for Italy's President Gronchi and his wife. Morning of his departure for Turkey, Dec 6, the American leader attended a brief Sunday service at St. Paul's - Rome's Protestant Episcopalian Church, afterwards was received in audience by Pope John XXIII.
A joint communique, following the Quirinal talks, emphasized agreement on major points of Western policy on world problems. Prominent were trade, disarmament, NATO solidarity and Italy's role in Western policy-making.
Without making any specific commitment to bring Italy into the forthcoming West and east-West summit - President Eisenhower agreed that Italy take a greater part in big diplomatic decisions. Both Governments recognized the necessity for disarmament, but stuck to the proposition that it could only be achieved within the "framework of a specific system of controls, inspections and safeguards." agreement was reached on aid to under-development nations. All non-Communist countries, not just America, should increase their assistance.
President Eisenhower, and US Under-secretary of State, Robert D. murphy, conferred at length with Italian officials, including President Gronchi, Premier Segni and Foreign Minister, Pella.
Rome was the first stop on President Eisenhower's 11-nation tour in "search for peace". Before he returns to Washington, Dec. 23, the President will have conferred with leaders in three continents - Europe, Africa and Asia - the most extensive tour ever undertaken by an American President.