Lengthy and "very frank" talks were hold at the White House on Wednesday (29 November) between President Nixon and South Vietnamese envoy, Mr.
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Background: Lengthy and "very frank" talks were hold at the White House on Wednesday (29 November) between President Nixon and South Vietnamese envoy, Mr. Nguyen Phu Duc, to review Saigon's objections to a draft ceasefire agreement. The meeting was held as part of consultations between Washington and Saigon on the secret Paris Peace Talks conducted by Mr. Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho. A White House spokesman later told correspondents that the differences between Washington and Saigon on settlement terms had come right into the open during the talks. The meeting followed persistent reports that President Thieu is seeking a summit with President Nixon to personally register his concern that any final terms likely to be negotiated by Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Tho might leave South Vietnam open for a communist takeover, but no White House decision has yet been made concerning this possibility. Mr. Duc remained in the White House conferring with Dr. Kissinger, General Alexander Haig, and South Vietnamese Ambassador Tan Kim Phuong, after meeting President Nixon.