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    With a colourful ceremony of trumpet fanfares and a 19-gun salute on the lawn of the White House, U.

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    With a colourful ceremony of trumpet fanfares and a 19-gun salute on the lawn of the White House, U.S. President Richard Nixon welcomed the Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Giulio Andreotti on Tuesday (17 April). Their formal meeting was the beginning of two days of talks concentrating on security and trade matters.

    President Nixon told Mr. Andreotti that their meeting was the beginning of a new relationship between the United States and a unified Europe that would bring a more peaceful and prosperous life for all.

    For his part, Premier Andreotti told the American leader that the 25-year North Atlantic military partnership between the United States and Western Europe had been a cornerstone of peace. And he added that President Nixon's overtures to the Communist countries of Eastern Europe and Asia didn't contradict that alliance.

    Neither leader touched on the sharp trade differences between the United States and the European Economic Community, of which Italy is a member. The differences were expected to be a major discussion topic between the two men and tanks on an urgency as the United States goes into world trade negotiations in September, determined to get a better deal for American exports.

    The talks between President Nixon and Prime Minister Andreotti are part of a series of meetings the American leader is having with European heads-of-state during what he dubbed the "Year of Europe" -- following the Vietnam ceasefire.

    In March, President Nixon met with Britain's Prime Minister Edward Heath. He will meet Soviet Communist Party Leader, Leonid Brezhnev, in Washington in June, then later with French President Georges Pompidou. In the autumn, he plans a grand tour of Western Europe, probably including Britain, France, Italy and West Germany.

    SYNOPSIS: In Washington on Tuesday, U.S. President Richard Nixon greeted Italy's Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti as he arrived for two days of talks on trade, security and monetary issues.

    A large Italian-American crowd waved flags from the sidelines.

    Premier Andreotti visited the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior after his welcome.

    He laid a wreath at the tomb -- the monument to America's war dead.

    After laying the wreath, watched by a crowd of onlookers, the Italian premier visited the U.S. State Department.

    There, he was greeted by Secretary of state William Rogers at a reception in his honour. Prime Minister Andreotti and President Nixon were to discuss the contentious issue of trade between the U.S. and the enlarged, European Economic Community. The American President wants a better deal for American exports out of world trade discussions scheduled for September.

    Later, the two leaders met at the White House and exchanged gifts. President Nixon said that America owed a great debt to Italy for its art and music, but particularly its people.

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