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    The United states Secretary of State, Mr. William Rogers, arrived in Athens from Kuwait on?

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    The United states Secretary of State, Mr. William Rogers, arrived in Athens from Kuwait on Tuesday (4 July) for talks with Greek leaders on defence and political issues.

    Strict security precautions are in force in Athens during the visit--the first by a United States Secretary of State since the Army coup in 1967 which abolished parliamentary rule in Greece.

    The visit takes place against a background of share criticism from former opposition leaders in Greece who accuse the United States of keeping the military-backed regime in power.

    Speaking to newsmen at the airport, Mr. Rogers said Greece was playing an important security role in NATO's southern flank.

    It's understood matters relating to NATO dominated discussions when Mr. Rogers met the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Papadopoulos on Wednesday (5 July). As Mr. Rogers arrived for the talks, the building housing the Prime Minister's office was heavily guarded by police to prevent any incidents.

    (A home-made bomb exploded near the office in October 1970 while the United states Defence Secretary Mr. Laird was having talks with Mr. Papadopoulos).

    SYNOPSIS: Athens Airport on Tuesday--and the arrival of the United States Secretary of State, William Rogers. The Greek deputy-premier, Mr. Pattakos greeted Mr. Rogers--arriving for two days of talks with Greek leaders. His arrival coincided with new protests from former Greek opposition members, who accuse the Untied states of supporting the Army-backed regime. It's the first time a Untied States Secretary of State has visited Greece since the present government came to power in 1967.

    Members of the United States Embassy staff greeted Mr. Rogers. Strict security precautions were in force--and there was a heavy guard around the airport as the formal welcoming ceremony went ahead.

    Wednesday began for Mr. Rogers with a wereath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens' constitution Square.

    Then past a guard of honour--and a short drive to the office of the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Papadopoulos.

    There, the talks began, and it is understood they dealt mainly with the role of Greece within the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. The talks also involved senior State Department official, Mr. Joseph Cicco who returned to Washington later in the day. Mr. Rogers flew on to Bucharest.

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