U.S. Vice-President Hubert Humphrey returned to a Washington welcome today (Monday), bringing an end to?
View of White House; Humphrey speaks (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT: VICE-PRESIDENT HUMPHREY: My discussions with European leaders covered the Kennedy Round trade negotiation, which now has entered its final stage, discussions towards a nuclear non-proliferation treaty, relations between East and West, the building of a larger European unity, the revitalisation of the NATO Alliance, the responsibility of the rich nations to the poor, the need for modernising our international monetary system, and, above all, the strengthening of international institutions for peace.
I found the leaders of Western Europe ready and eager to join with U.S. in meeting these challenges, but as our equal partners. And I gave them our assurance that a full and equal Atlantic partnership, a partnership based on true equality, was, and continues to be, the objective of American policy.
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Background: U.S. Vice-President Hubert Humphrey returned to a Washington welcome today (Monday), bringing an end to his two-week tour of the European capitals. His reception, by President Johnson and a huge assembly of government officials, was in sharp contrast to the demonstrations and angry outbursts which met him at several points of his tour.
Vice-President Humphrey left Brussels early today, final port of call in a tour which has included Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Britain, Holland, Bonn and West Berlin. A statement issued on his departure stressed that he had been heartened by what he had seen and heard throughout his journey. He was convinced that the mutual enterprises which united Europe and the United States were of far greater importance than the minor differences which sometimes separated them.
Youths hurled rotten eggs and fruit at Mr. Humphreys' car in Brussels yesterday. But these demonstrations were minor compared with those in Paris last week. The majority of the protests were directed against U.S. Policy in Vietnam.
Welcoming him home, President Johnson praised Vice-President Humphrey's achievement in explaining the U.S. approach to European matters and the prime role they occupy in American foreign policy.
Vice-President Humphrey outlined the nature of his European talks: