Dr. Henry Kissinger, the U.S. Presidential advisor, and South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu met?
Dr. Henry Kissinger, the U.S. Presidential advisor, and South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu met in Saigon for talks on Thursday (17 August).
Although the topics of their discussions have been officially kept secret, observers say they almost certainly centred on developments in the negotiations to try and end the Vietnam war.
Dr. Kissinger's mission to Saigon follows his recent secret talks with the North Vietnamese in Paris. Then, the departure of key North Vietnamese Politburo member Le Duc Tho for Hanoi suggests that there could finally be a resolution to the now-stalemated peace talks in Paris.
But the Saigon government of President Thieu has recently shown concern about concessions the United States appears to be prepared to make to attain a settlement at the conference table with the North Vietnamese. And it's believed that an important part of Dr. Kissinger's visit to Saigon is to reassure President Thieu.
Their talks took place against a background of increased war activity, as U.S. fighter-bombers made their heaviest-ever series of strikes against the North Vietnamese, with 370 sorties over a period of 24 hours.