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    Mexico's President Luis Echeverrisa arrived in Washington on Thursday (15 June) to begin two days of talks with President Nixon.

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    SV Echeverria & wife arrives & greeted by Nixon & wife

    GV Crowd

    SCU Nixon speaks

    CU US flag ZOOM OUT TO crowd

    GV Echeverria speaking in Spanish

    GV Crowd

    SV Both Presidents embrAce

    NIXON: "We believe that Mexican-American friendship is an indispensable cornerstone to our foreign policy, and we believe that our talks will contribute to the friendship and to the cause of peace and progress for all people in the world"

    In his reply, President Echeverria surprised Washington officials by summoning from the crowd two young mothers with their daughters. Indicating the children, President Echeverrie remained his host that he and other world leaders would be held responsible for the world into which the children grew up.

    ECHEVERRIA: "(IN SPANISH) TRANSLATION: "So you could see beautiful things like this - children held in the arms of their mothers and those young generations should be always on our minds and I like to think - what will the world be that we will leave to them? What will conditions be like in the year two thousand when these two beautiful young girls are grown up? What will be the world for their children and their grand-children? Will there be years of danger because of man's technological progress or will we change that technological progress into a better world and more liveable conditions for all people? It is a thought, Mr President, that we should always bear with us - the thought of these young mothers with their children in their arms of this new generation that we are working for".

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    Background: Mexico's President Luis Echeverrisa arrived in Washington on Thursday (15 June) to begin two days of talks with President Nixon. The Mexican President was accompanied by his wife - and the couple were greeted on the White House lawn by Mr and Mrs Nixon.

    In his speech of welcome the United States President outlined the importance of Mexican-United States friendship in his country's foreign policy.

    Shortly after his White House welcome, President Echeverria appeared before the United States Congress and sharply criticised the United States for trying to come to terms with other major powers while ignoring the rights and interests of less developed nations. The Mexican leader said he found it "impossible to understand why the United States does not use the same boldness and imagination that it applies to solving complex problems with its enemies, to the solution of simple problems with its friends."
    SYNOPSIS: From the crowd, the Mexican President summoned two women with their children to illustrate his speech.

    President Echeverria pointed out that the young children were the generation of the future. He told President Nixon that he often wondered what the world would be like when the children today were fully grown.

    The Mexican President warned President Nixon that he and other world leaders had the responsibility to see that today 's children grew up into a world of peace. The President's remarks came as a surprise to 'Washington officials - who had expected their visitor to follow President Nixon's lead and discuss matters of particular concern to Mexico and the Untied States. One of the young women summoned form the crowd by President Echeverria was a newspaper writer, countess logan Lesson, who is married to an Italian and lives in Rome. She said that she came to the ceremony because her four-year-old daughter wanted to see President Nixon. The other young woman was a member of Mrs Nixon's press staff.

    After the White House welcome, President Echeveerria addressed the United States Congress before beginning his talks wit President Nixon.

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