Britain's Defence Minister, Harold Watkinson, met his West German counterpart, Herr Strauss, at the Ministry of Defence, Bonn, Dec. 2, for talks lasting an hour-and-a-half.
LV. Mr. Watkinson arrives, greeted.
SV. Guard of honour.
LV.PAN. Watkinson inspects guard of honour.
CU. Guard of honour.
LV.PAN. Watkinson enters Ministry of Defence.
CU. Guard at entrance.
SV. Watkinson seated with Herr Strauss.
CU.PAN. Watkinson PAN to Strauss.
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Background: Britain's Defence Minister, Harold Watkinson, met his West German counterpart, Herr Strauss, at the Ministry of Defence, Bonn, Dec. 2, for talks lasting an hour-and-a-half. A wide range of topics was covered during the preliminary discussions - to the satisfaction of both sides.
When he arrived at the Ministry, Mr. Watkinson was received by a guard of honour and greeted by General Heusinger, Inspector-General of the Budeswhehr, Herr Strauss and his personal staff.
On leaving the Defence Minister said: "I am very pleased with today."
Mr. Watkinson, on a two-day visit to Bonn, returned to London Dec. 3. Several important topics on the agenda for day two included future strength of the British Army of the Rhine; sales of British military equipment and missiles to West Germany; command of N.A.T.O.'s Northern Army group; joint arms co-operation; and integration of N.A.T.O. defence.
Those taking part in the talks on the British side included Sir Christopher Steel, British Ambassador; Sir Richard Powell, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence; and General Sir Roderick McLeod, deputy chief of defence staffs. Herr Strauss was supported by his Secretary of state, Herr Hopf; General Heusinger, Major-General Panitzki and Colonel Ploetz, West German military attache in London.