187. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Austria0

1597. At 10 minute courtesy call President last evening, Gorbach said there were no major problems in Austrian-U.S. relations he needed to discuss at this time. In view our heavy commitments elsewhere in world, Austria did not wish burden us with its problems. If our help ever needed, he knew Austria could always count on us for sympathetic response. President thanked Gorbach for coming to funeral1 and expressed keen interest and appreciation Austria’s special position.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, POL 1 Aus-US. Confidential. Drafted by Lambert and approved by Stone.
  2. President Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas on November 22. His funeral was held November 25.