INTRODUCTION: The British Prime Minister, Mr. James Callaghan, was welcomed by the U.S. President, Mr.?
GV Concorde airliner lands Dulles Airport, Washington DC
MV British Premier James Callaghan out of car and greeted by US President Jimmy Carter
MV Crowd clapping
MV Honour guard salute and President Carter and Premier Callaghan inspect honour guard watched by crowd (4 shots)
MV President Carter speaking at rostrum with crowd watching (2 shots)
GV Premier Callaghan at rostrum
CU Premier Callaghan speaking
REPORTER: "Mr. Callaghan arrived in Washington in the Concorde. A gesture intended to emphasise just how important it is that the plane should be allowed to land in New York. But that subject is not intended to dominate this visit.
When Mr. and Mrs. Callaghan arrived at the White House this morning for the traditional welcome on the south lawn it wasn't even mentioned.
Although one of the buildings under seige is ??? a few hundred yards away from the White House, there was a very relaxed feeling about this whole ceremony. The only change to the programme -- there was no 19 gunsalute. Traditional on occasions such as this because it was felt that the cannon fire might upset the gunmen. Much of the pomp and ceremony has been removed from official state welcomes on President Carter's orders but there was still the usual honour guard and the formal speeches. President Carter used his speech to talk about the special relationship between the two countries -- Britain and America:
CARTER: "I think it's not an exaggeration to say nor is it a reflection on our other friends and allies to say that we enjoy a special relationship with Great Britain...with the other countries of the United Kingdom. They are closest allies and friends."
REPORTER: "Mr. Callaghan reminded Mr. Carter of how important it is America plays its part in improving the world's economy for everyone's sake."
CALLAGHAN: "You and I Mr. President will be holding our discussions in a world which has now experienced four years of recession the deepest since the 1930s'. Of course the free world can and will emerge from this recession. But we need concerted intergovernmental action if we are to do so as speedily as possible."
BBC REPORTER: JOHN HUMPHREYS
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The British Prime Minister, Mr. James Callaghan, was welcomed by the U.S. President, Mr. Jimmy Carter, at the White House on Thursday (10 March) on his arrival for an official visit to the United States. Mr. Callaghan arrived as armed members of a small Moslem sect held nearly 100 people hostage in three Washington buildings. BBC reporter, John Humphreys reports: