17. Editorial Note

As a result of an invitation extended by President Eisenhower in June 1959, Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev and a party of nearly 100 persons visited the United States September 15–27. Among those accompanying Khrushchev were Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and Georgi Zhukov, Chairman of the State Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries. Khrushchev spent September 15–16 in Washington, journeyed to New York on September 17, where he addressed the U.N. General Assembly the following day, and then visited California, Iowa, and Pittsburgh. He returned to Washington on September 24 and spent September 25–27 at Camp David, Maryland, before returning to the Soviet [Page 41] Union. Documentation on most aspects of the visit is in Part 1, Documents 108139. Documentation regarding discussion of the Berlin issue during the Khrushchev visit is in volume IX, Documents 1218. The documentation that follows pertains to discussions during the visit on exchanges between the United States and the Soviet Union.