MEXICO: First Guest

For his first post-election meeting with a top-ranking U.S. official, Mexico's President-elect Adolfo López Mateos invited a man he had never met. but had come to respect from a distance. Texas Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson, Senate majority leader. In a sun-drenched hotel cottage overlooking Acapulco Bay one morning this week, the Mexican and the Texan pulled up chairs to a breakfast of diced tropical fruit, eggs and coffee, and started talking.

The idea of the meeting was helped along by U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Robert C. Hill, a friend of both men. Johnson is an increasingly ardent booster of U.S.-Latin...

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