199. Editorial Note

Prime Minister Cyrille Adoula made an informal visit to the United States February 2–8, 1962. He addressed the U.N. General Assembly on February 2. For text of his address, see U.N. document A/PV.1103; extracts are printed in American Foreign Policy: Current Documents, 1962, pages 830–834.

Prime Minister Adoula arrived in Washington on February 5. At a meeting with Under Secretary of State George Ball, they discussed general [Page 374] problems of the Congo, the question of Katangan reintegration, and the retraining of the Congolese Army. Three separate memoranda of the conversation are in Department of State, Central Files, 770G.13/2–562. The Prime Minister had lunch at the White House with President Kennedy; for texts of their toasts at the luncheon, see Department of State Bulletin, February 26, 1962, pages 335–337. Records of the discussion between the President and the Prime Minister which took place after lunch are printed as Documents 200 and 201. Prime Minister Adoula also met with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and officials of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Monetary Fund. He returned to New York on February 6 for further meetings at the United Nations.

Further documentation on Adoula’s visit is in Department of State, Central File 033.70G11, and ibid., Conference Files: Lot 65 D 533, CF 2043, and in Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Congo, and President’s Office Files, Congo, 1962.