A warm welcome was accorded American President Eisenhower as he arrived at Portela airport, Lisbon, May 19, direct from the abortive Summit conference in Paris.
A warm welcome was accorded American President Eisenhower as he arrived at Portela airport, Lisbon, May 19, direct from the abortive Summit conference in Paris. Waiting to greet him at the airport was Portuguese President, Americo Thomaz and members of his Government. The President's one-day official visit is the first state visit by a United States President, and large crowds lined the streets to greet him.
Full military honors were paid, including an impressive fly-past by the Portuguese Air Force, a salute of 21 guns and a big display of fire works. President Eisenhower mounted a rostrum to thank President Thomaz for his welcoming speech. He referred to his last Portuguese visit nine years ago - as NATO Commander-in-Chief - and to the occasion of his present visit, the fifth centenary of Prince Henry the Navigator. He added " Our entire history since the birth of my nation has been that of friendship, and in friendship we are members of the United Nations, we are both members of NATO, an alliance that seeks only security and peace; and our two nations, despite obstacles set in our paths by others will continue the march towards peace and freedom."
President Eisenhower's press secretary told some 100 journalists that the President was "fed up and disgusted" with Mr. Khrushchev's attitude, and glad to get away from that atmosphere. Mr. Hagerty went on to say the President was sad that the summit conference had been torpedoed by Mr. Khrushchev without giving any chance for discussions of the problems facing the conference. Commenting on the failure of the Summit conference, President Eisenhower said: "Rather than being dismayed, we must tighten our belts, keep our chins up, and each of us work a little harder for the great cause of peace with justice and freedom."
That night the President received the heads of 35 diplomatic missions accredited to Portugal, and later the Portuguese Prime Minister, Dr. Salazar.