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Foreign Relations / Carter World Trip / NATO War Games #50454

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 23, 1977
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(Studio) White House announces President Carter will take foreign trip in November; will go to 4 continents, farthest scattered journey ever by United States president
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Carter's trip to London for economy summit in May noted. Details of November trip cited; president will go to Caracas, Venezuela, for visit with pres. perez; Brasilia, Brazil, whose reputation is questioned because of General Geisel's attitude toward human rights; Lagos, Nigeria, to meet with General Obasanjo; New Delhi, India, and meeting with Prime Min. Desai, who replaced Indira Gandhi and returned India to nonaligned democrat; in Tehran, Iran, for meeting with Shah; Paris, for meeting with president Giscard d'Estaing; Warsaw, Poland, and meeting with Premier Gierek; and ends trip with visit to Brussels and headquarters of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and Common Mkt. Spokesperson hint that Carter could change plans in Europe in order to meet with USSR leader Brezhnev, if such mtg. comes up. Despite importance of relations with South American and Africa, Europe is still place where potential confrontation between E. and West is greatest.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(W. Germany) Report on NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) war games now underway in West Germany; problems warrant officer has in locating Netherlands battalion for Supreme Allied Commander, General Haig to visit, noted. Details with regard to games, between forces reping. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and Warsaw Pact, cited. With USSR build-up of forces, military balance of power shifts against West; is hoped NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) can still stand.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

Brown, Hilary;
Donaldson, Sam;
Smith, Howard K.

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