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Johnson meets with South Vietnamese Premier

Johnson meets with South Vietnamese Premier

Accompanied by his leading political and military advisers, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky in Honolulu.

The talks concluded with issuance of a joint declaration where the United States promised to assist South Vietnam “prevent aggression,” develop its economy, and establish “the principles of self-determination of peoples and government by the consent of the governed.” Johnson declared: “We are determined to win not only military victory but victory over hunger, disease, and despair.” He announced renewed focus on “The Other War”-the effort to supply the South Vietnamese rural population with neighborhood safety, and social and financial applications to make an impression on their active help. In his final statement on the discussions, Johnson warned the South Vietnamese he will be monitoring their efforts to build up democracy, boost education and healthcare, resettle refugees, and reconstruct South Vietnam’s economy.

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