West German Foreign Minister Willy Brandt arrived in Washington, D.C. from Bonn on Tuesday (7?
Willy Brandt speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: Willy Brandt: "My main objective now during the discussions in Washington will be to explain the position and outlook of the new German government which was formed a little bit more than two months ago, a government formed on a broad basis, supported by the two major political parties, in order to strengthen democracy in Germany and to move our country ahead.
There are a few real essentials of our policy and to those essentials belong the strong and reliable links between the United States and Germany, between America and Europe, based upon that a clear definition of interests based upon them, basic values....common values and mutual respect.
And I think nowadays there is nothing more important than trying to make peace safer to reduce tensions and to strengthen international co-operation.
I hope that we will have frank discussions, constructive discussions, a little bit more than what the diplomats sometimes call 'useful talks'."
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Background: West German Foreign Minister Willy Brandt arrived in Washington, D.C. from Bonn on Tuesday (7 February) for meeting with top United States government officials, including President Johnson. Mr. Brandt said the principal reason for the visit was to put forth the views of his country's new coalition government to the President and other key U.S. officials.
Mr. Brandt said one of what he called the "essential elements" of this policy is a "strong and reliable link between the United States and Germany, and between America and Europe".
Following is an exact transcript of Mr. Brandt's statement which is heard on the film's soundtrack.