President Johnson and West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard began two days of talks on East-West relations today (28 December) at the LBJ ranch in Texas.
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MS Erhard greeting people (2 shots) gets "citizen" papers
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Background: President Johnson and West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard began two days of talks on East-West relations today (28 December) at the LBJ ranch in Texas.
The chancellor arrived Friday night at Houston, Texas, after an 11-hour trip by Lufthansa jet, from Bonn.
Ellington Air Force Base, where his plane touched down, was ringed with armed guards and the public was excluded. Secretary of State Dean Rusk led a small official welcoming party. The Mayor of Houston made Erhard an honourary citizen of the city.
This morning Erhard flew to a military base about 65 miles from the ranch and completed the journey with Johnson the rest of the way by helicopter.
Mr. Johnson told Erhard that West Germans and Americans "stand united against danger and strong in hope" of solution of East-West tensions symbolized by the Berlin wall.
Mr. Johnson commented that, although the wall had been opened for Christmas, the structure itself remains.
"Germany is still divided," the President said. "There is work to do for freedom in your land."
Formal talks at the LBJ Ranch will be mixed with such items as a barbecue, community singers and deer sausage.
Mrs. Johnson had everything ready including a German chocolate cake made from an old recipe she found.