December 14, 1959

EISENHOWER IN GREECE: Greece’s Parliament yesterday held a special session to welcome US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The House stood and gave the official visitor a lengthy ovation, while the crowds in the gallery cheered. After a brief welcome from the Speaker, Eisenhower addressed the House in a speech that was frequently interrupted by applause and cheers from deputies that was unprecedented in Greece. The only exceptions were the deputies of the left, who ostentatiously avoided applauding. At the end of his speech, Eisenhower was thanked by the Speaker and by Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis, who accompanied him as he exited the hall. The session was attended by Archbishop Theoklitos, Crown Prince Constantine, Princesses Sofia and Irene, members of the Cabinet and all the leaders of the political parties, US officials accompanying the president, diplomats and senior military officials. During his speech, Eisenhower said that «the present government and prime minister have achieved a great deal and are worthy heirs of their distinguished ancestors in antiquity.»

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