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Exchange With Reporters in Helsinki Following a Meeting With Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel of Turkey.

July 31, 1975

THE PRIME MINISTER. We have reviewed our relations with the United States, Turkish-United States relations, and as far as Turkey is concerned, these relations are very valuable and we will do our best not to spoil these relations.

THE PRESIDENT. Let me reemphasize that I will continue my efforts to remove any roadblocks between the United States and Turkey, because we feel good relations with Turkey are of utmost importance to Turkey and the United States and to the free world, to the world as a whole.

REPORTER. What are the possibilities of keeping the monitoring equipment going in the bases in Turkey, the American radio?

THE PRIME MINISTER. For the time being, we have stopped the activities, as you know.

Q. What are the possibilities of starting them again?

THE PRIME MINISTER. We will see.

Q. What does it depend upon?

THE PRIME MINISTER. I cannot tell you right now.

THE PRESIDENT. Good luck this morning.

REPORTER. Thank you, sir.

Note: The exchange began at 9:15 am. at the U.S. Embassy Residence.

During the course of the flay, the President attended the morning and afternoon sessions of the Conference, and he held a luncheon meeting with Prime Minister Harold Wilson of the United Kingdom, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt of the Federal Republic of Germany, and President Valery Giscard d'Estaing of France.

In the evening the President attended a reception hosted by Prime Minister Keijo Liinamaa for delegates to the Conference.

Gerald R. Ford, Exchange With Reporters in Helsinki Following a Meeting With Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel of Turkey. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/256545

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