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Conversation: 018-017

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Start Date: Sunday, January 9, 1972 5:41 PM

End Date: Sunday, January 9, 1972 5:52 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Kissinger, Henry A.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:25:44

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:37:17

018-017.mp3

NARA Description:

On January 9, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Henry A. Kissinger talked on the telephone from 12:41 pm to 12:52 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 018-017 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 18-17

Date: January 9, 1972
Time: 12:41 pm - 12:52 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Henry A. Kissinger.

[See Conversation No. 312-4]

     Happy birthday for the President

     Weather in California

     Vietnam troop withdrawal announcement for January 12, 1972
          -Timing
          -Department of Defense [DOD] briefing
          -Melvin R. Laird's role
                -The President’s role
                -Statement to press
                -Credit to Laird
                      -Vietnamization
          -Prisoners of war [POWs]
          -Laird's efforts
          -[David] Kenneth Rush
          -Kissinger's forthcoming talk with Laird
          -Laird's briefing of the press
                -The President’s role
                -Rush
                -Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
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                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                  Tape Subject Log
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            -Negotiations
            -Forthcoming announcements
                 -Timing
            -Troop withdrawals
                 -POWs
       -Timing

Rush
       -Kissinger’s recent conversation with Mitchell
            -Laird
       -Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions [MBFR], Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
            [SALT]
       -Qualifications for the job
            -Germany
            -Defense Department
            -Loyalty

Sheik Mujibur Rahman's trip
     -New Delhi and Dacca
     -Airport arrival
           -Possible diplomatic reception
                 -Islamabad
     -Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
           -Release of Mujibar Rahman

Bangladesh
    -Pakistan
          -Possible recognition
    -Mujibur Rahman

US recognition of Mujibur Rahman
     -Diplomatic reception
          -US political counsellor’s presence
                -Compared to ambassador
     -People's Republic of China [PRC]
     -Timing
     -Pakistan
     -The President’s forthcoming trip to the PRC
     -US political counsellor

Haig
       -Trip to the PRC
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)



              -Hangchow
         -Return to the US

    Morning newspapers

    Malta
         -British withdrawal from military bases
               -Italy
               -Edward R.G. Heath
         -Soviet Union
               -Possible base
         -North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] offer
               -Italy
         -British
               -Heath, Dominic Mintoff


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[National Security]
[Duration: 9s ]


    MALTA


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1

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    Italian government
          -Future prospects
               -Possible visit by the Italians


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
[National Security]
[Duration: 3s ]
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)




     ITALY


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2

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                -Republican Party in Italy
                -Possible visit by the Italians
                     -The President’s forthcoming trip to the PRC

     Kissinger in California