President Eisenhower, at his Washington Press Conference, Dec. 2, summed up the purpose of his forthcoming world tour: A mission "to search for peace".
TRANSCRIPT: President Eisenhower: "Good morning. There is one short statement I have to make. For some time we have been in the process of negotiating a revised treaty with Japan, and it is a matter to which we attach the greatest interest. Mr. Kishi (Japan's Premier) is one of the men - the Government as well as I - personally admire very much. He is coming to visit this country, probably in January and any questions remaining at that moment of course will be discussed. So while there have been some questions presented to me about this matter, until the thing is completed, I will not be making any statement about it".
"Could you tell us sir, if you have some sort of particular feeling - particular sense of mission, as you embark on this rather large tour?"
"I do feel a compulsion to visit a number of countries and through them hope to reach many others, and tell them exactly what I believe the United States is trying to do. Our basic aspiration is to search out methods by which peace in the world can be assured with justice. I want to prove that we are not aggressive. That we seek nobody else's territories or possessions. We do not seek to violate anybody else's rights. We are simply trying to be a good partner in this business of searching out for peace which means in the long run, searching out also methods which we, the nations, independent nations together, co-operating, can find a better life for all of us".
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Background: President Eisenhower, at his Washington Press Conference, Dec. 2, summed up the purpose of his forthcoming world tour: A mission "to search for peace".
Through his visit to 11 nations in Europe, Asia and Africa, he hopes to demonstrate the peaceful intentions of the United States. The conference, held two days before the President embarks on his journey, also covered the question of a revision of America's treaty with Japan.
Speaking on this subject the President said:
Talking of his forthcoming tour, President Eisenhower stressed his desire to clear up doubts about American sincerity in the pursuit of peace. From all reports, he said, there was a great deal of doubt in the minds of many people, including friends and allies.