President Richard Nixon returned to Washington on Thursday (i June), having completed his visits to the Soviet Union, Iran and poland.
President Richard Nixon returned to Washington on Thursday (i June), having completed his visits to the Soviet Union, Iran and poland. Addressing a joint session of Congress upon his return, President Nixon asked that there be no hesitation in the ratification of the treaty with the Soviet Union limiting strategic arms.
During his 24-hour visit to Poland, the U.S. leader held talks with Communist Party Chief Edward Gierek and Prime Minister Piotr Jargazwicz on international problems and bilateral questions. Mr. Nixon is the first U.S. President ever to visit Poland.
Thursday was a public holiday in Poland, as Corpus Christi Day was celebrated in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. In Warsaw, more than 200,000 people marked the event with a procession through old Warsaw.
The event was witnessed by U.S. Secretary of State William Regears, who accompanied President Nixon on his hour. The ??? day, Mr. Rogers and Polish Foreign Minister Staten Olszowaki signed a consoles agreement which has been under discussion for almost 10 years.
SYNOPSIS: Thursday was a public holiday in Poland, and the people of Warsaw celebrated Corpus Christi Day with a procession. United States Secretary of State William Rogers was among the spectators. He had accompanied President Nixon on his historic journey to Moscow and was in Poland with the President after their visit to Iran.
More than two-hundred thousand people lined the streets of old Warsaw to witness the procession marking the religious holiday. Poland is a predominantly Roman Catholic country.
The previous day, Mr. Rogers and Polish Foreign Minister Stefen Olezewski signed a consular agreement which had been under discussion for almost ten years. The convention regulates questions of consular access, police notification, the establishment of consular offices, and dual nationality. In 1970, more than forty-thousand Americans, mostly of Polish origin, visited the country. It was announced that the two countries had agreed to establish consulates in New York and Cracow.
Members of several Roman Catholic religious orders and churches participated in Thursday's procession.
The highest ranking religious figure taking part in the Corpus Christi Day procession was Cardinal Wyscinski.