Archive (Ford Library)

G7: Post-summit statement to the press by US President (Gerald Ford)

Document type: Declassified documents
Venue: Chateau de Rambouillet
Editorial comments: Afternoon. No evidence of a press conference has been found in the PREM16 file and none is recorded in the US Public Papers of the President series.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 2pp

Remarks at the conclusion of the Economic Summit Meeting at Rambouillet, France

17 November 1975

Mr. President [Valery Giscard D’Estaing] :

I wish to express my appreciation for the gracious hospitality of you and the French Government and the French people. My appreciation also goes to my colleagues for the spirit of good will, the spirit of friendship which they have demonstrated during this meeting. It has been a highly successful meeting in every respect.

In our sessions, we have covered the range of economic issues of concern to the industrialized world and challenging our democratic societies. These meetings have been rewarding in a number of important ways. They have deepened our understanding and appreciation of our mutual economic interdependence. They have enabled us to harmonize our views on key issues. And they have strengthened our determination to solve the problems that we confront. Finally, and most importantly, they reaffirmed our mutual confidence in a sustained and full recovery from the deepest recession since the 1930's.

Perhaps our most important accomplishment over the past several days has been our recognition that the objective of sustained, stable economic growth will be facilitated by our common efforts. As leaders of major democratic nations, we reached substantial agreement on a number of issues concerning monetary policy, trade, energy, and our relations with the developing world, as outlined in our joint declaration.

Over the past 3 days in this beautiful setting, we have found a new spirit-a spirit of cooperation and confidence stemming from a deeper understanding of our common destiny and our joint conviction that free peoples can master their future.

As a result of the work that we have started, the people of our countries can look forward to more jobs, less inflation, and a greater sense of economic security.

We conclude this conference with a sense of determination to carry forward this work which has been so promisingly begun.

Note: The President spoke at 3:12 p.m. at the City Hall.