INTRODUCTION: President Reagan and West German Chancellor Helmet Schmidt have covered a wide range of international topics during their first meeting in Washington.
LV Artillery salute PAN through crowd and cameramen TO Reagan and Schmidt as West German anthem plays.
SV Band in 18th century military uniforms marching.
CU Schmidt PULL BACK TO SV Reagan speaking
SV Schmidt speaking in English.
GV Anti-nuclear banner outside White House.
SV INTERIOR Schmidt and Reagan talking.
SCU EXTERIOR Schmidt shaking hands with Alexander Haig at Blair House.
GV Crowd and Schmidt and Haig walking up steps to building.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 3: REAGAN: "The United States will work in partnership with you and with our other European allies to bolster NATO and to offset the disturbing build-up of Soviet military forces. At the same time, we will work toward meaningful negotiations to ... limit those very weapons."
SEQ. 4: SCHMIDT: "I need only mention the excessive Soviet arms build-up ... a challenge to the community of nations resulting from the continuing Soviet intervention in Afghanistan...
Reuters said the timetable for U.S.-Soviet arms talks would be one of the most sensitive issues in talks between Chancellor Schmidt and President Reagan. In Washington, Herr Schmidt has reaffirmed a call by NATO members in Rome three years ago for talks on limiting medium-range nuclear missiles in Europe. Aides have said Herr Schmidt would like these talks to begin early next October, about a month earlier than scheduled.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Reagan and West German Chancellor Helmet Schmidt have covered a wide range of international topics during their first meeting in Washington. Among the major issues they discussed on Thursday (21 May) were high interest rates in the United States, the Soviet American nuclear arsenals, East-West relations, Israeli-Syrian tensions over Lebanon, and the new French political power changes. U.S. officials said President Reagan had told Herr Schmidt the American interest rates should soon fall, countering the Chancellor's expressed worries that their present level could contribute to economic recession in Europe. On arms control, the president assured his visitor the United States would moved forward on negotiations in this area, as well as modernising the medium-range nuclear weapons stationed in Europe.
The panoply of ceremonial for a visiting head-of-state was turned on for Chancellor Schmidt: a 21-gun salute, the West German national anthem and bewigged band marching in eighteenth century costumes. Both West Germany and the United States have recently allocated increases for defence spending. Washington is pouring billions more into this expenditure, and the West German government has announced it is giving almost 400 million dollars more to its armed forces, part of which is for procuring Tornado multi-role combat aircraft. Reuters news agency reported that, in their first talks, Chancellor Schmidt did not raise the subject of his reported desire to accelerate moves for arms limitation talks. Both leaders expressed concern about Soviet military activities.
Anti-nuclear campaigners were out in force to press their viewpoint. Mr. Reagan, as campaigner and president, has been cool towards detain, but he was to praise what he called Chancellor Schmidt's thoughtful and responsible leadership on easing East-West tensions.
Herr Schmidt had another key appointment at Blair House with the Secretary of State Alexander Haig, whose hawkish statements about the Soviet Union since his appointment have stirred up controversy. Mr Haig and Herr Schmidt were limitation talks.