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    TRANSCRIPT: JOHNSON: Mr Prime Minister, you do this land and this house a great honour by your visit. Mrs Johnson and I welcome you, Lady Douglas-Home, the Foreign Secretary and Mrs Butler and other members of your party to the United States and to the White House. This visit only continues a tradition that is both spacious and warm. Meetings between American presidents and English prime ministers were first firmly established by our great President Franklin Roosevelt and your legendary Prime Minister and now our fellow citizen, Sir Winston Churchill. No matter the political complexion of our two governments this tradition has remained happily unbroken for more than a quarter of a century. During these years we have had our differences, but these differences have passed away. They have passed away because of a very special reason......

    HOME. I would like to thank you once more, we are going to enjoy ourselves in Washington and we have brought the sun with us, and that may be a good omen for our talks. And I would like to say that anything I can do and anything my government can do to keep relations between Britain and the United States close and harmonious will be done with the full support of all our country. Thank you very much.

    JOHNSON. As Presidents and Prime Ministers of our two countries as they have always met with friendship and high resolve to face our common problems and to try to settle them for the common good. Together our nations are secure, they are strong in us to win ant fight, and we hope they are wise enough to prevent one. Together we search for tolerance, we search for hope, we search for peace and in that spirit and with that aim Mr Prime Minister we welcome you, to this house and to this land, and may God bless our work together.

    HOME. I would like to thank you very much for the warmth of your welcome to my wife and myself and to the foreign secretary and Mrs Butler and to say how much we are looking forward to our exchange of views with you. We are engaged as you have so clearly and graphically put it the other day in the pursuit of peace and much of our talks will undoubtedly be concerned with how we can improve the situation in a difficult and dangerous world, and we in Britain are particularly now of its difficulties and its dangers because we are engaged as you know far afield in trying to maintain stability and order, which is I know your concern too as a great power. And so, sir, as you say this is one of a sequence of meetings which has always been of great benefit.

    JOHNSON. There is between our two countries the invisible cord of a mingled respect and understanding and affection, much as two brothers who may differ but whose ties are too strong to ever break.

    HOME. Mr President, it is my firm desire to keep as close as we can to the United States as partners and as Allies, and as two countries upon which the peace of the world may depend.


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