Mr Ivan Arkhipov, the Soviet Deputy Prime Minister is leading his country's delegation to the fourth meeting of the Indo-Soviet Commission which began talks in New Delhi on Thursday (2 March).
Mr Ivan Arkhipov, the Soviet Deputy Prime Minister is leading his country's delegation to the fourth meeting of the Indo-Soviet Commission which began talks in New Delhi on Thursday (2 March). Relations with Russia are an important factor in Indian Foreign policy, as both countries have defence and trade agreement.
SYNOPSIS: The visit is one of a number by Soviet delegations which have been sent to India in recent weeks -- all renewing the contracts laid down by the treaty of friendship and co-operation which exists between New Delhi and Moscow. At this round of talks, a key issue was the situation in the Horn of Africa.
Mr Arkhipov explained his country's attitude to the conflict between Ethiopia and Somalia and said the Soviet Union was opposed to changing any international frontiers by the use of force. It is the view of the Indian Government that the situation in the Horn of Africa could become complicated by increasing rivalry and foreign investment.
Mr Atal Vajpayee, the Indian External Affairs Minister, urged a negotiated settlement between Somalia and Ethiopia.
He warned that a continuation of the conflict was causing a serious setback to detente Mr Vajpayee has already had meetings with the Ethiopian and Somali Ambassadors to express Indian's concern. Prime Minister Desai has also written to president Carter and President Brezhnev to urge restraint.
The Commission continued its session in private, with items of mutual concern, such as trade and defence, on the agenda.