Australia's new Prime Minister, Mr. Gough Whitlam, held day-long talks with British Prime Minister Edward?
Australia's new Prime Minister, Mr. Gough Whitlam, held day-long talks with British Prime Minister Edward Heath, and Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas-Hume in London today (24 April). Mr. Whitlam is on a six-day visit to the United Kingdom. Main topics for discussion are the controversial question of French nuclear tests in the Pacific, Asian developments, other major world economic and defence developments and Anglo-Australian relations.
It was the Australian leader's first visit to Britain since he become Prime Minister. He arrived on Good Friday and had dinner with Queen Elizabeth II that evening. He began his two day official discussions this morning (24 April) with a call on Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Hume at the Foreign Office. Later Sir Alec hosted a lunch given in the visiting Prime Minister's honour. Sir Alec agreed to a suggestion of Mr. Whitlam's, "to draw the attention of the French government to the sentiments of a seven nation Commonwealth forum". This forum passed a resolution last week against the tests.
This evening Mr. Whitlam arrived at the British Prime Minister's official residence, No. 10 Downing St. He was to have summit talks there with Mr. Edward Heath. Later in the evening Mr. Whitlam and his family were to be Mr. Heath's dinner guests.
SYNOPSIS: Arriving at the Foreign Office in London on Tuesday was Australia's new Prime Minister - Mr. Gough Whitlam. The Australian leader arrived in Britain last Friday, for the start of a six-day official visit. He had dinner with Queen Elizabeth on the day of his arrival in Britain. On Tuesday, he commenced his first day of official talks. Mr. Whitlam was scheduled to have top level meetings with senior British Ministers. Topics to be discussed included the controversial French nuclear tests in the Pacific. Anglo-Australian relations, the world economic situation and latest development in Asia were also topics for discussion.
During his meeting with British Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Hume, the underlying theme was "a new relationship with Britain". Later Mr. Whitlam went on to a luncheon which was hosted by Sir Alec Douglas-Hume. The Foreign Secretary agreed to a suggestio by Mr. Whitlam that Britain would "draw the attention of the French government to the sentiments of a seven nation commonwealth forum".
Last week the Commonwealth forum passed a resolution against the French nuclear tests. This was the Australian leader's first visit to Britain since he became prime Minister in December. Australia has since expressed the wish to bring it's constitutional relationship with Britain up-to-data. It was expected that the Foreign Secretary would brief Mr. Whitlam on developments in the European Common market since Britain joined last January.
Following his meeting with the Foreign Secretary and other top ministers, Mr. Whitlam arrived at the British Prime Ministers official residence in Downing street. The Australian leader had a round of discussions with Mr. Heath. Later, Mr. Whitlam and his family were to be the dinner guests of Mr. Heath.