President and Mrs. Nixon held a State banquet at the White House on Saturday (24?
SV Fiji Prime Minister greeted and entering
SV Senegal Prime Minster arriving
SV British Prime Minister arriving
SV Norwegian Prime Minister enters
SV Mrs. Meir arrives
SV INT Mr. and Mrs Nixon greeted Japanese Prime Minister
SV Nixons greet Ghanaian Prime Minister
SV Vice-President Agnew
SV Nixons greet President Ceasusescu
SV Archbishop Makarios greeted
GV INT Banqueting scene
LV President Nixon PAN TO Emperor Haile Selassie
SV Mr. Laird and Mrs. Meir talk
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Background: President and Mrs. Nixon held a State banquet at the White House on Saturday (24 October) to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. It was attended by 31 foreign dignitaries, the largest number ever to dine at the executive mansion.
Among the guests was President Nicolae Ceausescu of Rumania, the first Communist leader to be an official guest of the Nixon administration. Mr. Nixon flew to Rumania last year in the first official visit to a Communist nation by any American President.
Several of the guests at the banquet held talks with President Nixon on the Middle East the following day. They included Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and Archbishop Makarios, the President of Cyprus.
Several leaders, including the United Nations Secretary-General U Thant, did not accept invitations to the banquet. It coincided with a gala concert in the General Assembly which was the climax of the celebration to mark the U.N. anniversary.