United States' leader Gerald Ford rounded off his first tour to Europe since becoming President last year with a ten-hour visit to Italy on Tuesday (3 June).
GV Ford arriving and greeted at the Vatican (3 shots)
GV Left wing demonstration (3 shots)
GV Ford inspecting guard of honour
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SV President and Mrs. Ford with President Leone and wife
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 5): FORD: "Now, during my first visit to Europe as President, I come to Rome to continue our consultations on the many, many issues of great importance to both of our countries. Our discussions today will be inspired and strengthened by the results of the NATO summit meeting in which both our countries participated last week -- and by our re-affirmation, together with other NATO, member-nations, of our dedication to Alliance goals."
This film includes part of President Ford's comments on his visit to Italy. A transcript follows:
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Background: United States' leader Gerald Ford rounded off his first tour to Europe since becoming President last year with a ten-hour visit to Italy on Tuesday (3 June).
Before beginning a seven-hour session of talks with Italian leaders -- including the President Giovanni Leone -- President Ford described italian-American friendship as a symbol of stability and resolve in a world of rapid and dramatic change.
The visit is seen as underlining the importance the United States attaches to Italy's role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).
Last weak, Mr. Ford attended his first summit of NATO leaders in Brussels.
Following his talks with Italy's political leaders, President Ford had a 65 minute audience with Pope Paul in the Vatican Palace. In a prepared speech at the end of the interview, the Pope warned the United States leader that power must be tempered by responsibility. The Catholic Church, he said, did not close its eyes to the realities of modern power politics and he stressed the overriding importance of justice, respect and an understanding of the rights and needs of others.