United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger arrived at London's Heathrow Airport on Tuesday night (11 December) amid tight security precautions.
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Background: United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger arrived at London's Heathrow Airport on Tuesday night (11 December) amid tight security precautions.
Dr. Kissinger, who had been attending the NATO Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels, flew in for talks with British government leaders.
British police were issued with small arms and U.S. government agents carried sub-machine guns, following reports of a threat on the life of the Secretary of State. Dr. Kissinger, who was met at the airport by U.S. Ambassador Water Annenterg, made no statement to reporters at Heathrow. He just drove off in a heavily-guarded convoy to the capital city.
Although knowledge of the assassination threat was initially denied by the United States Embassy in London, the State Department in Washington later confirmed that a threat on Dr. Kissinger's life had been made over the weekend.
British Airport officials described the security measures as being "bigger than anything ever used for President Nixon."
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Henry Kissinger, the United States' Secretary of State, arrived at London's Heathrow Airport amid stringent security precautions.
The security cordon around the airport came after a threat on Dr. Kissinger's life. Although reports of an assassination threat were initially denied, on Tuesday evening the U.S. State Department confirmed a threat had been made over the week-end.
The U.S. Ambassador to Britain, Mr. Walter Annenberg, was at the airport to meet the Secretary of State, who flew in from Brussels where he had attended the NATO Council of Ministers meeting.
British police had been issued with small arms, and it was reported that U.S. Security men had sub-machine guns at the airport to guard the Secretary of State. Dr. Kissinger, who came to Britain for talks with government leaders, made no airport statement. He left for London in a heavily-guarded convoy.