In India, Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin hailed his talks with Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai as a complete success, on Wednesday (14 March).
In India, Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin hailed his talks with Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai as a complete success, on Wednesday (14 March). The two leaders signed five cooperation agreements. And on Thursday (15 March) they called for the immediate, unconditional and total withdrawal of Chinese troops from Vietnam in a joint communique issued at the end of Mr. Kosygin's six-day visit to India.
SYNOPSIS: Before the signing of the cooperation agreements the Soviet Prime Minister, Mr. Kosygin was invited to participate in a traditional ritual. President Neelan Sanjiva Reddy began by putting paint on Mr. Kosygin's face. And then Prime Minister Morarji Desai took part in the ceremony. Later the three men went on to Mr. Reddy's residence, where agreements on economic, trade, scientific, technical and medical co-operation were signed.
According to mr Kosygin there were no differences of opinion between the two countries. The theme of all his public statements during his stay in India were criticisms of what he called "Chinese aggression". He has strongly condemned the Chinese invasion of Vietnam but Mr. Desai has adopted a much more moderate posture, merely saying all disputes should be solved through negotiations.
Mr. Kosygin and Mr. Desai had five rounds of private talks which were believed to have centred on the Sino-Vietnamese conflict, the question of India's recognition of the new pro-Soviet government in Cambodia (Kampuchea) and Sino-Indian relations.