On the second day of his visit to India, United States President Jimmy Carter praised his host country for restoring democracy and likened this achievement to the resignation of ex-president Richard Nixon over the Watergate scandal.
CU AND TV: United State President Jimmy Carter standing on rostrum as Indian MPs applaud. (3 shots)
SV: Carter speaking (2 shots)
SV: MPs applaud.
SV AND CU: Carter and Indian Prime minster Morarji Desai seated during private talks. (4 shots)
SV: officials gathered in conference room
CU PULL BACK FROM: Carter talking to U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance TO group seated around table.
TV: Desai seated
LV: U.S. and Indian delegations seated.
SV PAN: Carter and wife walk forward and lay wreath on Gandhi moment.
CARTER: 'Mr Vice President, Mr Prime Minister, Mr Speaker distinguished leaders of the Republic of India. I stand before you in this house, the seat of one of the world's greatest legislatures, with feelings of profound friendship and respect. I bring with me the warm greetings and good wishes of the people of the second largest democracy on earth -- the United States of America -- to the people of the largest democracy-the Republic of India."
Despite the differences between President Carter and Mr Desai over the question of safeguards, the American President told the Indian parliament that the United States would send another shipment of enriched uranium to India. He also said that the United States would sell India heavy water to replace supplies lost as a result of an explosion.
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Background: On the second day of his visit to India, United States President Jimmy Carter praised his host country for restoring democracy and likened this achievement to the resignation of ex-president Richard Nixon over the Watergate scandal. Although Mr Carter did not refer to former Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi or Mr Nixon my name, according to Reuters news agency the inference of his remarks were clear. "Not long ago, both of our people's governments passed through grave crises" he said, "In different ways the values for which so many lived and died were threatened, Indifferent ways and on opposite sides of the world, those values have been triumphant."
Mr Carter was speaking at the Indian parliament. At the start of his address he made another comparison between India and the United States.
During private talks with Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai on Monday (2 January) President Carter was involved in tough negotiation on the subject of the supply of nuclear fuels. The Indian government has accepted inspection and safeguards for nuclear power plants built and operated with foreign assistance, but has rejected them for other nuclear plants.
During a break in the discussions American sound engineers using powerful microphones picked up President Carter whispering to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance "He's pretty adamant about the nuclear fuel thing -- when we get back I think we ought to write him another letter, just cold and very blunt."
The interception of these remarks caused considerable embarrassment and Press Secretary Jody Powell pointed out that they did not reflect the tone of relations with Mr Desai. Nor did they spoil the rest of Mr Carter's official engagements. Later he paid tribute to the founder of modern India Mahatma Gandhi, at the Raj Ghat Memorial.