THE WHITE HOUSE: Friends Well Met

It was without question the most dazzling state visit that Washington had seen in years. When His Imperial Majesty Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, and his lovely Shahbanou (Imperial Consort), Empress Farah, arrived at the White House for a four-day state visit Thursday, they were greeted by silver-colored trumpets, red carpets and a 21-gun salute that boomed across the South Lawn. Gerald Ford, the seventh U.S. President that the Shah has met in his 34-year reign, greeted his Iranian guests with the kind of warmth normally reserved for close and deeply trusted friends. Outside the White House...

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