Nation: Muskie's Maiden Mission

The nation's newest diplomat is off to meet the Soviets

There was no leisurely breaking-in period for Edmund Muskie as the 58th U.S. Secretary of State. Just eight days after being sworn into office, the nation's newest diplomat was scheduled to meet with one of the world's most experienced: Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, who has dealt with (and irritated) every American Secretary of State since John Foster Dulles in 1957.

Muskie and Gromyko will both be in Vienna to participate in ceremonies marking the 25th anniversary of the treaty ending the postwar occupation...

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