Twelve years after late President John F. Kennedy made his moving "Ich bin ein Berliner"?
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SV Newsmen with cameras
LV Kissinger and wife down steps to official party
Mrs. Kissinger holding flowers as Genscher and Kissinger move away
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"I would like to say that relations between the Federal Republic and the United States are so excellent that it is not necessary, for that reason, to have periodic meetings of the Foreign Minister, the Chancellor, and leading American officials. On the other hand, we consider the Federal Republic one of the key countries in the preservation of peace, and in the achievement of progress in Europe, in the Atlantic area, and all over the world."
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Background: Twelve years after late President John F. Kennedy made his moving "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech near the Berlin wall, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger arrived in Gonn, on the first leg of a mission to Berlin.
He came from talks in Vienna with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, and was met by West Germany's Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who he will brief on both his Soviet talks and his Berlin speech.
During the past week, Dr. Kissinger has written and re-written the speech, which will serve to re-affirm the United States' commitment to isolated West Berlin's security.
In a brief statement, included in the film, Dr. Kissinger commented on the "excellent" relations between the United States and the German Federal Republic. A transcript follows: