The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, arrived in Rawalpindi, in Pakistan, on?
The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, arrived in Rawalpindi, in Pakistan, on Thursday (31 October), on the third leg of his south Asian tour. The question of whether the United States would resume arms supplies to Pakistan, was expected to be the main subject for discussion during the talks he was to have with Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
The talks took place at the Prime Minister's Secretariat building, and lasted more than two hours. But the joint communique issued after the talks made on mention of the nine year-old U.S. embargo on arms for Pakistan.
It did say, however, that the United States had agreed has agreed to sell Pakistan a hundred thousand tons of wheat on "soft" credit terms to meet the national domestic shortage of over one million tons.
Following Mr. Bhutto's strong demands for the lifting of the arms embargo before the visit, it was a major surprise that the subject was not mentioned after the talks. Pakistan Government sources would only say that the issue had been discussed during a thirty minute private meeting between the two men, that had been held separately from the main talks.
At a banquet for Dr. Kissinger on Thursday night, Mr. Bhutto said that the talks represented only the tip of the iceberg. He was satisfied with the meeting, though Pakistan did not expect immediate or spontaneous results.
Dr. Kissinger's 22 hour visit to Pakistan, ended the next morning (1 November), when he left by plane for Kabul and Iran.
SYNOPSIS:The airport at Rawalpindi, in Pakistan where high-ranking Government officials gathered on the tarmac on Thursday to greet Dr. Henry kissinger, the United States Secretary of State. He arrived from Bangladesh for a brief visit and talks with Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Dr. Kissinger was accompanied by his wife, Nancy.
One of the main issues expected to be dealt with during the talks, was the question of whether the United States would resume arms supplies to Pakistan. For the past nine years, the Americans have continued an embargo on selling arms to India and Pakistan. Before Dr. Kissinger's arrival Mr. Bhutto had made it plain in interviews for American newspapers that he wanted the embargo lifted.
The talks took place at the Prime Minister's Secretariat Building in Rawalpindi. The two men and their teams of officials conferred for more than two hours. But the joint communique issued afterwards made no mention of the arms embargo, or whether it was to be lifted. Instead it announced an agreement for a soft credit deal for American wheat for Pakistan.
At a banquet that evening, Mr. Bhutto said he was satisfied with the talks, while not expecting immediate results.