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U.S. Ambassador Reassures South Vietnam’s President on American Support

July 9, 1963 - Ambassador Frederick Nolting Jr. (right) headed back to Saigon today, reportedly carrying assurances of President Kennedy’s continued support of South Vietnam’s war against Communist guerrillas. Nolting, who conferred with the President yesterday, carried a letter to President Ngo Dinh Diem (left) which diplomatic sources said assured Diem there is no change in U.S. policy toward his government. Nolting is due to arrive in Saigon Thursday. He will remain there for about six weeks before turning over his post to Ambassador-Designate Henry Cabot Lodge. Before leaving the U.S., Nolting expressed confidence that the long-range trend in the war against the Viet Cong is running in favor of the South Vietnamese government.

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