President Richard Nixon and British Prime Minister Edward Heath agreed, in Bermuda on Wednesday (21 December), on the need for the greatest allied understanding and unity in meeting the problems of a rapidly changing world and shifting balances of power.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ.3: NIXON: "We are entering a new era in the relations between our two countries, and a new era in the history of the world. That is exemplified by the fact that Britain will be going into Europe. It is also exemplified by the reference that you made to the fact that I will be visiting Peking and Moscow during the next year. As we look at those changes in the world, as we look at what is really a new world, we also realise, however, that there are some things that have not changed. And one thing that has not changed, and that will not change, is the friendship, the communication, the fact that our two countries and the leaders of our two countries have met here, on now, four occasions. And despite some tactical differences, find that on the great issues, we see the problems of the world in exactly the same way."
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Background: President Richard Nixon and British Prime Minister Edward Heath agreed, in Bermuda on Wednesday (21 December), on the need for the greatest allied understanding and unity in meeting the problems of a rapidly changing world and shifting balances of power.
In a joint statement issued at the end of nine hours of intense private talks over two days, the leaders said the period ahead "will offer the free world both opportunity and challenge on an unprecedented scale."
President Nixon, in a response to a statement by Mr. Heath to newsmen, said there would be a new Europe with Britain in it. He added that the United States was embarking on creating what was really a new America.