INTRODUCTION: United States President Jimmy Carter has sent his Vice President Walter Mondale on a ten day, six nation, tour of allies in Europe and Japan less than 90 hours after coming to power.
SV: Carter and Mondale in grounds of White House, walk to microphones
CU: President Jimmy Carter speaking, and shaking hands with Mondale.
WIPE PAN SCU: (Brussels) Mondale speaking.
SEQ. 2: CARTER: "This trip will not be limited in its scope. He will be discussing both political and economic and military matters. We've had a very thorough preparation for this with the members of the National Security Council yesterday morning and for the last couple of weeks Vice President Mondale and I have been preparing for this diplomatic venture. Vice President Mondale has my complete confidence. He is a personal representative of mine and I'm sure that his consultations with the leaders of these nations will make it much easier for our country to deal directly with them on sensitive matters in future. I'm going to miss him. I know I'll be looking forward to ten days from now when he returns with a good report and this is one of the best things, I think, that I could have possibly done, as a new President, to show the strength and purpose of our own nation and out commitment to carry out the obligations that we have a leader in the world community-so Fritz, good luck.
SEQ. 3: MONDALE: "President Carter supports the integration of Europe and a productive dialogue between the United States and the European community and with our NATO partners as well as European friends not in the community. We believe that the security of each of our nations and indeed the preservation of our democratic values rest upon a strong Atlantic alliance. We place great importance on cooperation and consultation with all of our friends and allies."
After Belgium and West Germany, Mr. Mondale will visit Italy, Britain and France before going on to Japan.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: United States President Jimmy Carter has sent his Vice President Walter Mondale on a ten day, six nation, tour of allies in Europe and Japan less than 90 hours after coming to power. At Brussels airport in Belgium Vice President Mondale said his arrival so soon after the new administration came into office dramatised the high priority the administration places in the closest possible cooperation with its friends in Europe and Japan. President Mondale left Washington on Sunday (23 January) morning for Brussels, the headquarters of both the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the European Common Market.
SYNOPSIS: Before Vice President Mondale left President Carter addressed newsmen at a departure ceremony in the grounds of the White House. Vice President Mondale also addressed the press when he arrived in Brussels. First President Carter........