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New Year Greetings to Leaders of the Soviet Union.

January 02, 1963

[Released January 2, 1963. Dated December 30, 1962]

Dear chairman Khrushchev and Chairman Brezhnev:

On behalf of the American people and myself I extend best wishes for the New Year to the Soviet people and to you and your families.

The American people look forward to the coming year with the deepest desire that the cause of peace be advanced. For our part, I assure you that no opportunity will be missed to promote world peace and understanding among all peoples.


[Nikita Khrushchev, Chairman, Council of Ministers, U.S.S.R.; Leonid Brezhnev, Chairman, Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, Moscow, U.S.S.R.]

Note: The message was released at Palm Beach, Fla.

John F. Kennedy, New Year Greetings to Leaders of the Soviet Union. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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