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Kennedy and Khrushchev Exchange New Year's Greetings

Dec. 31, 1961 - President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev, in an exchange of New Year’s greetings made public today, assured each other of a firm resolve to find a durable peace in 1962. Wishing the Russian people “a peaceful and prosperous New Year,” Mr. Kennedy expressed the hope that 1962 “will bring an improvement in the relations between our countries, upon which so much depends.” The Soviet Premier wished “peace and happiness” to all Americans and to the President and his family. The New Year’s exchange between Mr. Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev was the second between the two leaders. A year ago, as President-elect, Mr. Kennedy and the Soviet leader sent each other words of good will. The two met personally for the first time last June in Vienna.

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