Britain's Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home spend Wednesday (July 15) in Paris having talks with his French counterpart, Maurice Schumann.
GV Quai d'Orsay
SV Alec Douglas-Home & Schumann out onto steps & Sir Alec asked question. (SOF)
CU Sir Alec & Schumann shake hands
GV EXT Hotel Matignon.
SV INT Sir Alec & Schumann with Chaban-Delmas.
SV Chaban-Delmas shakes hands with Sir Alec and Schumann and Christopher Soames. Sir Alec questioned. (SOF)
SEQ. 2: QUESTION: Sir Alec, what were the main lines of your discussion with Mr. Schumann?"
SIR ALEC: "Well, we discussed all the matters of common concern to Britain and France and generally and great international questions which occupy the minds of all politicians today and so I don't think I've got anything particular to say except that I hope that these conversations between our governments will be frequent and close and may I say I looked upon as natural and intimate in future."
SEQ. 6: QUESTION: "We know your statement at the Quai d'Orsay. May we ask you your personal appreciation about your visit?"
SIR ALEC: "Well, it was a very good opportunity for me to understand the French point of view and very valuable at a time when we are beginning our negotiations and hope to become a member of the European Economic Community and also at a time of course when thee are some very difficult questions upon which it be to the very great advantage to everybody for France and Britain to work together in the international field."
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Background: Britain's Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home spend Wednesday (July 15) in Paris having talks with his French counterpart, Maurice Schumann. Sir Alec also called on French Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas during his first official visit abroad since becoming the conservative Foreign Secretary last month.
The two Foreign Ministers discussed a wide range of topics concerning both countries, including the Middle East, Indo-China, Africa and Europe.
Sir Alec is said to have raised the matter of possible Anglo-French nuclear co-operation in the defence of western Europe, in view of possible American troop cuts in Europe. Although this was nothing requiring an immediate decision, the subject of mutual defence is one that will be discussed in the months and years to come.
Among concrete projects discussed by the two Ministers were the Channel Tunnel project and the Franco-British supersonic airliner, Concorde. The discussion of the Channel Tunnel coincided with the submission of new proposals to both governments by a consortium of international groups backing the project Mr. Schumann said the proposals were encouraging but had to be studied carefully.
Sir Alec told reporters that he hoped Franco-British exchanges would be frequent and close in the future. M. Schumann said that after the day's discussions he "looked in vain" for disagreements.
After speaking with M. Schumann at the Quai d'Orsay, Sir Alec answered questions about his talks.
The British Foreign Secretary was also questioned upon leaving the Hotel Matignon where he met French Prime Minister Chaban-Delmas.