- Title: S. VIETNAM: UNITED STATES VICE PRESIDENT AGNEW ARRIVES
- Date: 31st January 1973
- Summary: 1. Agnew's plane waved in; Bunker and Weyand across tarmac 31 ft 2. Agnew down steps and greeted by Bunker and Weyand 53 ft 3. Agnew into car and away, with press crowded around 65 ft Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 15th February 1973 12:00
- Location: SAIGON
- Country: Vietnam
- Reuters ID: LVA3WHDB2DJBP3S7WYARYU4D1HZM
- Story Text: United States Vice-President Spiro Agne??? on Tuesday began a seven-nation tour of Asian countries with his arrival in Saigon, where he later had talks with South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu on postawar relations between the two countries.
At Saigon's Tan Son that Airport to greet him was the United States Ambassador to South Vietnam, Mr. Elsworth Bunker and the United States Commander in Vietnam, General Frederick Weyand. The South Vietnamese Government apparently accorded his a cool reception by sending only the Acting Foreign Minister, Mr. Le Van Thu, to welcome him.
Mr. Agnew said on Arrival that the United States Government recognised President Thieu's Government as the only legitimate government of South Vietnam. He added that the United States did not recognise the right of any foreign troops to remain on South Vietnamese soil.
The United States Vice-President said that it was not unexpected that the establishment of the machinery for making a ceasefire work had hit a few snags. As he put it: "These are not surprising when one considers the long conflict, the suspicion, and animosity that have divided the parties in the past, and the complexity of moving from a period of military struggle to political competition."
Mr. Agnew said that with patience and a positive attitude by both sides the obstacles could be overcome. He Added: "Pessimism and a negative approach can only complicate the task before us."
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