President Nixon and President Pompidou of France have concluded their two-day summit meeting in Iceland which President Pompidou afterwards described as being moire like a conception than a delivery.
President Nixon and President Pompidou of France have concluded their two-day summit meeting in Iceland which President Pompidou afterwards described as being moire like a conception than a delivery. The three rounds of talks were held in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik at the Municipal Art Gallery.
The talks centred on money, trade and defence and the two leaders discussed the American proposal to link these three aspects. The French are firmly opposed to this and officials on both sides acknowledged that although the talks succeeded in clarifying their differences, they did not resolve them.
President Pompidou prevailed in his argument against an Autumn summit between Mr. Nixon and West European leaders unless there is a dramatic breakthrough on what such a summit should achieve. Mr. Nixon had regarded it as a potential highlight in his European tour later this year and had hoped it would re-establish his world leadership role in the wake of the Watergate scandal.
President Pompidou's lukewarm attitude towards the summit is also a blow to the Atlantic charter proposed recently by Dr. Kissinger, (Nixon's Chief Foreign Policy Adviser). The United States has hoped the charter could set guidelines for the whole range of negotiations between the United States and the European Common Market.
But although the Icelandic talks have not changed the international situation in any apparent way, the leaders did agree that there is an urgent need to revamp the shaky international monetary system. The Americans also made it plain after the first day that there will be no unilateral withdrawal of United States forces from Europe.