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February 24, 1970

MEMORANDUM OF CONVERSATION, NIXON AND POMPIDOU

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    Minutes of a conversation between President Nixon and President Pompidou during the latter's visit to the United States. Nixon states that he wants there to be good relations between the U.S. and France because, despite differences in approach, both countries share the same goals. The two countries were allies and should find common grounds for cooperation even though France wanted to maintain its independence from NATO. Pompidou points out differences with the U.S. in terms of military and nuclear capabilities, and Nixon recognizes the highly secretive nature of such talks which might lead to a better military cooperation between both countries. Next, they discussed how the Soviet Union presented problems for both countries, and that the Soviets must not be allowed to gain an advantage because of any agreements between France and the U.S. It concludes with an overview of the state of affairs with China, the U.S., and an independent France in a world that is progressing forward at a rapid pace since the end of the last war.
    "Memorandum of Conversation, Nixon and Pompidou," February 24, 1970, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, National Security Council Files (NSCF), box 1023, Memcons - The President and Pompidou Feb 24 & 26, 1970. Obtained and contributed by William Burr and included in NPIHP Research Update #2. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/113679
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