The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, arrived in the West German capital,?
The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, arrived in the West German capital, Bonn, on Sunday (23 May) for talks on world trade and economic problems. He was met at the airport by West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher.
Dr. Kissinger arrived form Oslo, Norway, where he had also met Herr Genscher during a two-day conference of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) foreign ministers. In West Germany he also had talks with Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.
Officials attending the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Nairobi, Kenya, were hoping that Dr. Kissinger's talks in West Germany would help break the deadlock at the conference. It has become involved in a dispute on how developing countries should create a common fund to stabilise commodity prices.
The United States and West Germany have both expressed opposition to alternative plans for a common fund. But at a press conference in Bonn, Dr. Kissinger said he was cautiously optimistic about a successful and to the UNCTAD meeting on Friday (28 May).
The Secretary of State said that the Americans and West Germans had held a satisfactory exchange of views on their positions in creating what he called a better system for the world's raw materials. On the current UNCTAD conference they both held similar views, said Chancellor Schmidt.
The two men were also reported to have discussed East-West detente in relation to last week's NATO conference. Dr. Kissinger left West Germany on Sunday afternoon for the Swedish capital, Stockholm.