President Nixon of the United States laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldiers near Belgrade at the start of his official visit to Yugoslavia on Wednesday (30 September).
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Background: President Nixon of the United States laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldiers near Belgrade at the start of his official visit to Yugoslavia on Wednesday (30 September).
The visit, the first by an American Head of State to Yugoslavia, also included a meeting and State dinner with Marshal Tito in the opening day's activities. President Nixon had arrived in Belgrade from Naples, and Yugoslavia is the second of five countries he is visiting during an eight-day European tour. He leaves Yugoslavia on Saturday to visit Spain.
At the memorial to Yugoslavia's war dead, President Nixon accompanied an honour guard at the shrine before laying a wreath at the tomb. After the ceremony, the President drove into Belgrade and stopped off to shake hands with people in the crowds lining the streets.
At the State dinner in the evening, President Nixon and Marshal Tito exchanged toasts in a friendly and informal atmosphere. The Yugoslav leader, in a speech at the diner, said that the Middle-East and Vietnam conflicts could be solved only byu allowing full independence and free development in the countries involved. He added that the death of President Nasser made it necessary for all concerned to exert maximum pressure to bring a peaceful solution to the Middle-East situation.
President Nixon called for mutual respect in international affairs, and denounced policies used by any country to gain one-sided advantage or undue influence over another nation.
In their talks the two leaders are reported to have discussed developments in the Middle-East as well as the international situation in general.
On Monday, after holding further discussion with Marshal Tito, President Nixon flew to North-Western Yugoslavia to visit the Yugoslav leader's birthplace. President Tito was there to greet him and the two leaders also toured the industrial city of Zagreb.