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    PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BECAME THE FIRST AMERICAN HEAD OF STATE TO VISIT SAIGON SINCE THE START OF THE VIETNAM WAR.

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    PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BECAME THE FIRST AMERICAN HEAD OF STATE TO VISIT SAIGON SINCE THE START OF THE VIETNAM WAR. THE PRESIDENT SPENT FIVE AND THREE-QUARTER HOURS IN THE WAR-TORN COUNTRY INCLUDED NEARLY FOUR HOURS OF CONSULTATIONS WITH PRESIDENT NGUYEN VAN THIEU AND HIS CABINET MINISTERS.

    STRICT SECURITY MEASURES WERE TAKEN AT SAIGON'S TON SON NHUT AIRPORT - ONE OF THE BUSIEST IN THE WORLD - WHEN THE PRESIDENTIAL PLANE, AIR FORCE ONE, FLEW IN FROM BANGKOK, THAILAND. TRAVELLING WITH THE PRESIDENT WERE HIS WIFE, PATRICIA NIXON, U.S. AMBASSADOR ELLSWORTH BUNKER AND THE COMMANDER OF AMERICAN FORCES IN VIETNAM, GENERAL CREIGHTON ABRAMS.

    FROM THE SAIGON AIRPORT, A FLEET OF HELICOPTERS WHISKED THE PRESIDENTIAL PARTY TO PRESIDENT THIEU'S INDEPENDENCE PALACE IN CENTRAL SAIGON. AT THE PALACE, MR. NIXON HAD ONE-AND-A-HALF HOUR LONG TALKS WITH PRESIDENT THIEU. A WORKING LUNCH AND 15 MINUTES IN PRIVATE TALKS WITH VICE PRESIDENT NGUYEN CAO KY.

    BEFORE LEAVING, PRESIDENT NIXON DELIVERED A SPEECH ON THE STEPS OF THE PALACE IN WHICH HE SAID: "WE HAVE GONE AS FAR AS WE CAN OR SHOULD GO IN OPENING THE DOOR TO PEACE AND IT IS TIME FOR THE OTHER SIDE TO RESPOND."
    (MR. NIXON ALSO MADE A ONE-HOUR SORTIE INTO THE FIELD TO VISIT A COMBAT BASE AT DI AN, 12 MILES NORTH OF SAIGON, WHERE HE CHATTED AND JOKED WITH TROOPS).

    PRESIDENT NIXON LATER RETURNED TO BANGKOK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADPYEMLE4BLY8IKAUF4J4TEW0R
    Media URN:
    VLVADPYEMLE4BLY8IKAUF4J4TEW0R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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