President Georges Pompidou of France arrived in London on Friday (November 16) for two days of summit talks with the British Prime Minister, Mr.
President Georges Pompidou of France arrived in London on Friday (November 16) for two days of summit talks with the British Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath.
The French President was greeted at Northolt Airport by Mr. Heath, The two heads of state drove to Chequers, the Prime Minister's official country residence, where they were understood to be having intensive discussions.
They will be concentrating on ways of strengthening the nine-nation European Economic Community, both internally and internationally, and planning for a Common Market summit in Copenhagen on December 14 and 15.
The two leaders last held talks in May of this year in Paris.
High on the list of international questions to be discussed at the summit were the Middle East and European Security. President Pompidou has reportedly been concerned that the Community take stock of its political position between the tow superpowers, and that it should make its voice heard more forcefully in the world.
The Chequers meeting also include the signing of the Channel Tunnel treaty by the French Foreign Minister, Michel Jobert, and the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home. The signing of the treaty will finalise the agreement to complete the long-planned tunnel connecting Britain and Frances.
Mr. Heath and President Pompidou will lunch with Queen Elizabeth on the last day of their talks. The French President will meet the German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt, in Paris in two weeks time.