With her new government less than two weeks old, India's Prime Minister Mrs.
SV: Bangladesh's President Ziaur Rahman descends from plane and greeted by India's President Reddy and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
SV: National flags flying on rooftop
SV AND ZOOM TO SCU: AND PAN: President Zia, President Reddy and Mrs. Gandhi talking.
SV: Crowd and newsmen
SV U.N. Secretary General Waldheim and Mrs Gandhi seated inside talking.
GV: Parliament House
SV: Dr. Waldheim talks to newsmen (2 shots)
NEWSMAN: "Is there any chance to your programme sir? Are you still going to Katmandu tomorrow?"
WALDHEIM: "No, I have cancelled the rest of my original planned visit. to a number of number of countries in Asia. I am returning tomorrow morning to New York, but on my way back to New York, I go first to Islamabad (indistinct) to Islamabad for a brief visit with the government in Pakistan. I shall see of course President Zia and the foreign minister to discuss the situation."
NEWSMAN: "This change in the programme is in connection, presumably with the situation in Afghanistan?"
WALDHEIM: "With the situation in the whole area. Not only Afghanistan. Certainly this is one important aspect and since Pakistan is a neighbouring country, logically I am interested in hearing the views of the government of Pakistan and to express also my views, my concern. We are facing a very serious situation and I consider it my duty as Secretary General of the United Nations to make every effort to calm the situation."
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Background: With her new government less than two weeks old, India's Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi has been receiving a succession of government leaders and diplomats. British Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, arrived earlier this month, to be followed by President Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh, and United Nations Secretary General, Doctor Kurt Waldheim.
SYNOPSIS: President Ziaur of Bangladesh arrived in Delhi on Monday (21 January). But, unlike other visitors this month, his main mission is not to discuss the political situation in Afghanistan or Iran. As the leader of one of the world's poorest countries, President Zia's prime concern is economic development. This is a reunion of friends. Bangladesh has received much aid from India in the past -- and needs more.
President Zia's flag flies alongside that of India -- a country that has supported Bangladesh at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) conference in New Delhi. President Zia has criticised the current world order as unjust, with inadequate co-operation and a lack of understanding of the poorer countries.
Another visitor to New Delhi this week was the United Nations Secretary General -- on a dual conference and to attend the U.N. conference and to hold talks with Mrs Gandhi about big power rivalry in south-west Asia. Developments in Afghanistan, in fact, persuaded Doctor Waldheim to cut short his Asian tour.