United States Secretary Mr. William Rogers yesterday (July 19) briefed several foreign ambassadors on President?
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 7): THAI AMBASSADOR: "Well, I have been asked by Secretary Rogers to come to see him and the sort of conversation that we had was about the objective of your President's visit to Mainland China and I have been assured that whatever your President is going to do will not be at the expense of your country's friends, which of course include Thailand."
(SEQ. 9): FRENCH AMBASSADOR: "Mr. Rogers very kindly gave me some interesting information. Of course you don't expect that I have anything to give you? That goes without saying that we are very thankful first to have been informed by the Secretary of State in due time, and second right away there was an official statement made in Paris saying how much we welcome this initiative because we always thought that it was absolutely necessary to take into account the existence of China and that it could help a great deal to solve a lot of very important international questions."
(SEQ. 11): GERMAN AMBASSADOR: "I only can say that we agreed very much on the various new points. We agreed on the various new points. One has to look at these possibilities."
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Background: United States Secretary Mr. William Rogers yesterday (July 19) briefed several foreign ambassadors on President Nixon's proposed visit to the People's Republic of China and other moves to improve relations with Peking. Among those he spoke to in individual meetings in Washington were the ambassadors of Taiwan, France, Germany, Britain, Australia, Japan and Thailand, and the Italian Charge d'Affaires. Details of the briefings have not been disclosed. President Nixon, meanwhile, held a similar briefing session with U.S. Senators at the White House -- covered in our production number 8264/71, serviced from London today (July 19).