File scanned from the National Security Adviser's Memoranda of Conversation Collection at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
THE WHITE HOUSE
MEMORANDUM OF CONVERSATION
- Abdel Halim Khaddam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Syrian Arab Republic
Rafiq Joejati, Chef de Cabinet to Minister Khaddam
Dr. Sabah Kabbani, Syrian Ambassador to US President
Gerald R. Ford
Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Secretary of State and Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Ambassador
Richard Murphy, U.S. Ambassador to Syria
Camille Nowfel, OPR/LS (Interpreter)
- DATE AND TIME:
- Friday, August 23, 1974
10:35 - 11:34 a. m.
- The Oval Office
The White House
[The press was admitted briefly at the beginning, during the exchange of greetings. Then the press departed.]
Kissinger: I came to the airport 23 times and that is 40 minutes away from Damascus.
Khaddam: Does that mean I will be coming 23 times to Washington?
President: This is your first visit to Washington?
Khaddam: Yes, but I've been to the United Nations. Washington is a beautiful city.
Kissinger: They visited Capitol Hill yesterday.
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