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    PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON FRIDAY SPOKE TO THE NIGERIAN PRIME MINISTER, SIR ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA, BY WAY OF THE NEW SYNCOM II SATELLITE.

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    TRANSCRIPT: KENNEDY: "MR PRIME MINISTER... IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE TO TALK TO YOU FROM THE WHITE HOUSE... WE SEND OUR BEST WISHES TO YOUR PEOPLE AND YOU... I HOPE THAT THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF MUCH CLOSER COMMUNICATION BETWEEN NIGERIA AND THE UNITED STATES; INDEED BETWEEN THE WHOLE CONTINENT OF AFRICA AND OUR CONTINENT, OUR HEMISPHERE, AND I THINK THIS CAN BE A VERY IMPORTANT MEANS OF PROVIDING FOR CLOSER UNDERSTANDING AMONG OUR PEOPLES AND ALSO, OF COURSE, AMONG THE PEOPLE OF AFRICA. WE SEND TO YOU PARTICULARLY, MR PRIME MINISTER, OUR BEST WISHES AND REMEMBERING YOUR VISIT HERE TO THE UNITED STATES... I ALSO APPRECIATED THE WIRE YOU SENT ME IN EARLY AUGUST WITH REGARD TO THE TEST BAN TREATY AND WE THINK WHAT WE ARE DOING TODAY SHOWS WHAT CAN BE DONE THROUGH THE PEACEFUL USE OF SPACE. PRIME MINISTER, I... I HOPE WE WILL BE SEEING YOU BACK IN THE UNITED STATES AND THAT ALL GOES WELL FOR YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR PEOPLE. VERY GOOD WISHES, PRIME MINISTERS, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING DICK TIGER COME OVER HERE. I KNOW, I KNOW... WE WATCH THOSE THINGS OVER HERE. SO WE WISH YOU GOOD LUCK, PRIME MINISTER, AND WE GIVE OUR WARMEST REGARDS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA. THANK YOU. PRIME MINISTER, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU BACK AT THE WHITE HOUSE AGAIN SOME DAY. GOOD, AND THANK YOU, PRIME MINISTER, AND GOODBYE".




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    Background: PRESIDENT KENNEDY ON FRIDAY SPOKE TO THE NIGERIAN PRIME MINISTER, SIR ABUBAKAR TAFAWA BALEWA, BY WAY OF THE NEW SYNCOM II SATELLITE.IT WAS THE FIRST SUCH TELEPHONE CALL BETWEEN HEADS OF GOVERNMENTS.SOF IS OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY SPEAKING TO SIR ABUBAKAR FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.HIS WORDS WENT BY REGULAR TELEPHONE LINE TO LAKEHURST, NEW JERSEY, WHERE THEY WERE RELAYED TO SYNCOM II, LAUNCHED LAST JULY.THE SATELLITE THEN RELAYED THEM TO THE TRACKING SHIP U.S.S.KINGSPORT IN LAGOS HARBOUR, ABOARD WHICH WAS THE NIGERIAN LEADER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6EI2UU68MMH3ZQFKTGG8XSJOB
    Media URN:
    VLVA6EI2UU68MMH3ZQFKTGG8XSJOB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:19:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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