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    United States President Jimmy Carter left Poland on Saturday (31 December) at the end of the first leg of his six nation tour of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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    United States President Jimmy Carter left Poland on Saturday (31 December) at the end of the first leg of his six nation tour of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

    SYNOPSIS: It was President Carter's first foray into Eastern Europe and after a stay of only 35 hours he flew from Warsaw to Teheran to meet the Shah of Iran and King Hussein of Jordan.

    Polish Communist leader Edward Gierek was at the airport to say goodbye and a crowd of about 100 people applauded the President and waved American and Polish flags. Despite the brevity of his stay President Carter is reported to have been well pleased with his visit to Poland and said at a state banquet on Friday (30 December) that he and Mr. Gierek had already become close personal friends. Both leaders said they were satisfied with their official talks.

    Mr. Gierek also announced on Friday that he had accepted an invitation from President Carter to visit the United States. At a news conference in Warsaw President Carter said he hoped the Soviet Union would agree to start talks on ways to control nuclear weapons, including the controversial neutron bomb. The President said he had been encouraged by recent progress in arms negotiations with the Soviet Union and hoped to conclude SALT Two talks next spring.

    During his news conference President Carter also praised the Polish leadership, saying the country had the best human rights record in Eastern europe and permitted a substantial degree of freedom of the press and religion. He announced that the United States would grant Poland 200 million dollar's worth of credits to buy American food and said that Mr. Gierek had promised to personally take up the issue of Poles prevented from joining their families in the United States.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAJUYRJXO0Z9GLME2MOJL6YHH4
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJUYRJXO0Z9GLME2MOJL6YHH4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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