In Paris the Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, today (Tuesday 2nd June) began an intensive round of talks with French leaders.
In Paris the Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, today (Tuesday 2nd June) began an intensive round of talks with French leaders. After preliminary talks with Mr. Schumann his French counterpart, Mr. Gromyko called at the Elysee Palace for a welcoming luncheon with President Pompidou.
Mr. Gromyko's visit to France is being welcomed there as a means of improving the present imbalance of relations between East and West. It is also thought likely the visit will serve to restore confidence and stability throughout Europe, particularly as talks are expected to include countries such as Germany, with a view to exploring ways of removing existing divisions.
In greeting the Soviet leader, President Pompidou declared his Government's intention of remaining faithful to General de Gaulle's previous policy of forging closer links with Russia.
The French President is known to have voiced concern during the meeting that the Indo-China and Middle-East conflicts lacked solution so far....a concern shared by Mr. Gromyko.
After an hour a half at the Elysee Palace Mr. Gromyko told reporters that his talks with the French President had proved very interesting and useful. In a cordial atmosphere he had been able to discuss bilateral relations and international problems. Mr. Gromyko continues talks with French leaders until the weekend.