Britain's Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home spend Wednesday (July 15) in Paris having talks with his French counterpart, Maurice Schumann.
Britain's Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home spend Wednesday (July 15) in Paris having talks with his French counterpart, Maurice Schumann. Sir Alec also called on French Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas during his first official visit abroad since becoming the conservative Foreign Secretary last month.
The two Foreign Ministers discussed a wide range of topics concerning both countries, including the Middle East, Indo-China, Africa and Europe.
Sir Alec is said to have raised the matter of possible Anglo-French nuclear co-operation in the defence of western Europe, in view of possible American troop cuts in Europe. Although this was nothing requiring an immediate decision, the subject of mutual defence is one that will be discussed in the months and years to come.
Among concrete projects discussed by the two Ministers were the Channel Tunnel project and the Franco-British supersonic airliner, Concorde. The discussion of the Channel Tunnel coincided with the submission of new proposals to both governments by a consortium of international groups backing the project Mr. Schumann said the proposals were encouraging but had to be studied carefully.
Sir Alec told reporters that he hoped Franco-British exchanges would be frequent and close in the future. M. Schumann said that after the day's discussions he "looked in vain" for disagreements.
After speaking with M. Schumann at the Quai d'Orsay, Sir Alec answered questions about his talks.
The British Foreign Secretary was also questioned upon leaving the Hotel Matignon where he met French Prime Minister Chaban-Delmas.