King Paul of Greece arrived May 19 by presidential train in Rome, for a visit as guest of the Italian President.
King Paul of Greece arrived May 19 by presidential train in Rome, for a visit as guest of the Italian President. The visit is indicative of a new step in widening Greece's foreign affairs in the Mediterranean following the Cyprus settlement and better relations with Turkey. (3436/59).
King Paul, accompanied by Queen Frederica and Greek Foreign Minister Averoff earlier landed at Naples. President Gronchi put his train at their disposal for the journey to Rome and greeted them at the station with members of the Italian Cabinet.
As they drove through the beflagged streets with an escort of Corazzieri horse guards and motor-cycle police a woman holding a child threw herself in front of the car. Police seized her and hustled her away. Later she was reported to have told the police she was Greek and had demonstrated to obtain restitution of family assets that she claimed were frozen or confiscated in Greece by the Greek authorities. She was released.
At the Colosseum - Rome's Arc de Triomphe built by Emperor Constantine - Mayor Ciccetti formally welcomed them to the city.
The official visit will last until May 22 when the King and Queen will stay privately in Florence and Venice. Later King Paul will go to Switzerland for an eye-operation.
Subjects of discussion between Averoff and the Italian Foreign Ministry:- concern of the two countries over missile bases the Soviet Union is building in Albania; reactivating the Balkan Pact between Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia to stabilize the Eastern Mediterranean.