Sir Anthony Eden welcomes delegates to one of the most important conferences since the war.
Lancaster House, London.
Delegates from 22 countries arrive in London to discuss Suez crisis. SV. Mr Selwyn Lloyd, Britain's Foreign Secretary entering Lancaster House for the Suez conference. SV. Mr Robert G. Menzies, Australian Prime Minister, entering. BV. Delegates walking upstairs into conference room. SV. Mr Heinrich Von Brentano, Prime Minister of Germany, arriving. SV. Mr Thomas MacDonald, New Zealand's Minister for External Affairs, entering. LV. Delegates walking upstairs into conference room. SV. Mr Dmitri Shepilov, new Soviet Foreign Minister, arriving with Soviet Ambassador Mr Jacob Malik. LV. Japan's Foreign Minister, Mr Mamoru Shigemitsu walking with the aid of a stick. (He lost a leg some years ago when a bomb was thrown at a group of officials in Shanghai). LV. Delegates walking through into conference room. GV. Pan, interior of conference room, delegates taking their places. CU. US Secretary of State, Mr John Foster Dulles. LV. Delegates taking their places. SCU. A Turkish delegate. SV. Mr Shepilov and Mr Malik sitting down at conference table. SV. Britain's Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden arriving for the conference. GV. Interior, tables with delegates sitting around. SV. Sir Anthony Eden taking his place at the table sitting down next to Mr Selwyn Lloyd and Mr Malik (2 shots). SV. Delegates listening to Sir Anthony Eden. SV. Sir Anthony Eden speaking (natural sound): "Gentlemen, on behalf of Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom I welcome you here to this conference in London. We are grateful for your acceptance of the invitation to attend this meeting. The occasion for calling it must rank among the greatest that any of us have had to face since the Second World War. Each one of the nations represented here is deeply concerned, either by reason of its shipping or its trade. All have a common interest to the scantity of agreements. On a number of occasions, I have attended international discussions in these rooms and many of you who are listening to me are friends and colleagues of many years standing. The result of your work together has never mattered more." SCU. Eden speaking: "With sincerity I bid you welcome with conviction I express confidence that good will result from your council. I wish God speed to all your efforts. Good morning - and good luck!" He finishes speaking and sits down, amidst applause. LV. Delegates applauding. Eden arises and starts to walk away from table.
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