110. Editorial Note

Prime Minister Aldo Moro visited Washington April 20-21, 1965, for meetings with U.S. officials. In a one-on-one meeting with President Johnson, Moro laid out his view of the prospects for Italy’s Center Left government. In a subsequent expanded meeting, Moro, Foreign Minister Fanfani, the President, and Secretary Rusk discussed the war in Vietnam, immigration, and European unification. Moro had a discussion with Vice President Humphrey on Latin America at an April 21 breakfast meeting. Memoranda of the Moro-Johnson talks are in the National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Presidential Memoranda of Conversation: Lot 70 D 217. A memorandum of the Moro-Humphrey discussion is ibid., Italian Desk Files: Lot 68 D 436, Pol 15-2 Humphrey. A memorandum of conversation between Moro and Secretary Rusk on NATO issues is printed in Foreign Relations, 1964-1968, volume XIII, Document 80. For texts of the welcoming statements, toasts, and communiqué, see Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965, Book I, pages 434-438 and 440-441.

Telegram 2471 to Rome, April 22, summarized the talks: “Substantive discussions covering major world problems disclosed no novel GOI positions. In discussions Moro was most forthcoming in support US objectives SEA and elsewhere.” It also noted that “Visitors highly pleased with arrangements and exceptional gestures of esteem.” (National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1964-66, POL 7 IT)