The Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr. Nihat Erim, was welcomed to the White House in?
LV President and Mrs. Nixon waiting to greet Turkish P.M. outside White House. Car arrives, P.M. out and greeted by Nixons and Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. Party proceeds to dais in grounds.
LV Crowd watching.
CU Nixon speaking
STARTS: "Turkey and the United States....
ENDS: "...most grateful."
CU Erim speaking
STARTS: "Mr. President..
ENDS: "...our two countries."
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: PRESIDENT NIXON: "Turkey and the United states have been allies and friends for many years - that alliance has been particularly strong in NATO, and from the standpoint of friendship I shall never forget the warm welcome that the people of Turkey and your government extended to Mrs. Nixon and me when we visited your country in 1956. We hope that we can make your wife, and the members of your party fell just as welcome as you visit Washington, our nation's capital, today. We are reminded too that our alliance and friendship goes beyond military matters. We know, for example, that in a cause that is interesting to not only people in your country, but in ours - people all over the world - that of dealing with dangerous drugs, your government has taken strong positions of leadership and cooperation that have been most helpful in dealing with this problem. And for that we are most grateful."
SEQ. 5: MR. ERIM: "Mr. President. I am indeed looking forward to exchanging views with you on bilateral subjects as well as on others that are of mutual interest. I am confident that this exchange will enhance the already close relations between our two countries."
During talks in the White House, Mr. Erim assured President Nixon that his government remains totally committed to stopping the cultivation of opium and preventing the smuggling of narcotics through its territory to the United States.
The talks lasted for an hour and a half.
(On the same day that President Nixon discussed the drug question with Mr. Erim he also launched a coordinated government attack on drug addiction in the United States.)
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Background: The Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr. Nihat Erim, was welcomed to the White House in washington on Tuesday (21 March) by President Nixon.
During his welcoming speech, President Nixon made particular reference to the hard line attitude shown by Turkey on the question of drugs.
SYNOPSIS: A White House welcome in Washington on Tuesday for the visiting Turkish Prime Minister, Mr. Erim. President Nixon was to note during the meeting that the visit of Mr. Erim comes about midway between his own visit to Peking and Moscow. Mr. Nixon added that the United States would not forget its allies while endeavouring to improve relations with the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. Also greeting Mr. Erim was the United states Secretary of State Mr. Rogers and his wife.
After the formal introductions the party moved out onto the White House lawn for the welcome ceremony before President Nixon and Mr. Erim retired for an hour and a half of talks.
A matter of concern to both leaders is the question of drugs - and it was to figure in the President's speech.
Replying, Mr. Erim drew attention to the close links between Washington and Ankara.