The Vice-President of the United States, Walter Mondale, ended a visit to Italy with an audience with Pope Paul and arrived in London, on Thursday (27 January).
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SV PAN Mondale and Andreotti walk in and Mondale speaks to newsmen (4 shots)
SV PAN Mondale with Pope Paul (2 shots)
GV Mondale's plane arrives at Heathrow, London with Crosland waiting (2 shots)
LV Mondale down steps and greeted by U.S. Ambassador and Mr. Crosland
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SCU Mondale makes speech
SV Sign of Downing Street
SV INT No. 10 Callaghan and Mondale enter room and pose for photographers (SILENT) (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: MONDALE: "We know that negotiations with the International Monetary Fund are currently taking place and we are hopeful and we look forward to a successful conclusion of those negotiations on term that are satisfactory to all those concerned."
MONDALE: "May I say that we are delighted to be in London, literally hours after the assumption of power of our new government. Mr. Secretary, the President of the United States has asked me to come here promptly to express our best wishes and also to commence a meeting immediately, to establish the closest possible co-operation and consultation between my nation and one of our closest allies and friends."
In Rome, Italian officials noted a marked change in style between Mr. Mondale's visit and their contacts with the Ford administration. One source close to Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti, said the talks with Mr. Mondale and his aides were marked by a refreshing and intelligent interest in Italian affairs and were marked by an almost "boy scout" enthusiasm.
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Background: The Vice-President of the United States, Walter Mondale, ended a visit to Italy with an audience with Pope Paul and arrived in London, on Thursday (27 January).
SYNOPSIS: The Italian government has won qualified support from the United States in its efforts to beat the country's chronic economic problems. While in Rome, Mr. Mondale spoke to newsmen about those problems.
Mr. Mondale said, after his meeting with the Pope, that he hoped the audience would help launch the Carter administration's "pursuit of justice, peace and moral works". In a brief speech the Pope welcomed President Carter's arms limitation plans.
Mr. Mondale then flew to London where he had talks with the British Prime Minister, Jim Callaghan. He was greeted there by the Foreign Secretary, Anthony Crosland. The British talks were expected to centre around the altering world economic recovery and the bitter Rhodesian independence dispute. Mr. Mondale spoke to newsmen about the purpose for his visit.
Mr. Mondale then went to 10 Downing Street for his talks with Mr. Callaghan. British officials say the two were likely to agree on the exact dates for the Prime Minister's Washington talks with President Carter in mid-March. They were also expected to agree on co-operation by the richer industrial democracies in stimulating the world economy.