Rambouillet, France.... Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin and French President Charles De Gaulle held final?
Rambouillet, France.... Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin and French President Charles De Gaulle held final talks on December 8th aimed at increasing Franco-Soviet cooperation.
The two statesmen delayed issuing a final communique on their three meetings and the results of Kosygin's nine-day trip to France until noon Friday (LLO GMT). The meeting lasted for one hour and forty minutes. The expected communique on the talks was upheld for what a French spokesman called "technical reasons". The spokesman discounted speculation that Gaulle and Kosygin had encountered difficulty composing their joint statement. It is believed the subjects discussed included Vietnam, disarmament and bilateral relations. The spokesman said the only reason for the delay was "to accommodate deadlines of Soviet newspapers most of which have gone into print at this hour. He insisted that "no hitches" had developed during the third and final tete-a-tete at the historic chateau of Rambouillet.
The two men met for the third meeting after a lunch given by De Gaulle for the visiting Soviet party which included Vice Premier Vladimir Kiriline, Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and French officials including Premier Georges Pompidou and Foreign Minister Maurice Couve De Mourville. The morning was spent at a hunt during which an estimated 280 pheasants and hares were shot by the Soviet party.
French officials insisted no sudden difficulties had arisen between De Gaulle and Kosygin. They claimed that cooperation between the two countries was progressing "favourably and will be carried to an even higher degree when Soviet President Nicolai Podgorny and Communist leader Leonid Brezhnev come to France early next year.