January 12, 1959

GREECE AND ITALY: After the conclusion of yesterday’s talks between the government and a visiting Italian delegation led by Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Amintore Fanfani, both sides expressed their satisfaction with the results achieved in the talks and the concurrence of views on both general political issues in the region as well as specific problems affecting bilateral political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries. Yesterday evening Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis gave an official dinner in Fanfani’s honor at the Grande Bretagne Hotel. In his speech, Fanfani spoke of the excellent neighborly relations between the two countries and their common historical links. «Our peoples have the historic duty to renew those values which Divine Providence has entrusted to us, over the millennium, to understand and preserve.» DE GAULLE BECOMES FRENCH PRESIDENT: Paris, 8 – General Charles de Gaulle was sworn in this morning as the first president of the Fifth French Republic. Later, Michel Debre, an avid nationalist and a follower of de Gaulle for many years, was sworn in as prime minister.

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