The Prime Minister of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, Ali Nasser Mohammed, has had a round of talks in Delhi with top Indian officials, including the Prime Minister, Mr.
The Prime Minister of the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, Ali Nasser Mohammed, has had a round of talks in Delhi with top Indian officials, including the Prime Minister, Mr. Morarji Desai. Mr. Mohammed visited New Delhi on Wednesday (3 May).
SYNOPSIS: The Southern Yemeni prime minister visited New Delhi on his way home from China and Vietnam. He was met at the airport by the Indian Commerce Minister, Mr. Mohan Dharia, and other top officials of the Indian government.
The tour of India, Vietnam and China has been an important diplomatic initiative for South Yemen. The former British colony and protectorate of Aden became independent less than eleven years ago, and has moved into close economic co-operation with socialist countries, including China, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. But it has maintained cordial relations with countries in the non-communist bloc, notably its neighbours in the Indian Ocean region. There is an important Indian minority in South Yemen, and cultural, as well as economic ties.
Mr. Nasser went to the Presidential palace for talks with India's head of state, President Sanjiva Reddy. The talks were the climax of a brief, but very busy, visit to New Delhi. The two men discussed a wide range of topics of concern to their individual nations, and to the Indian Ocean region as a whole.
Later, the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Morarji Desai, arrived to join the talks. Details of their discussions were not released, but they are believed likely to have talked about military presence in the Indian Ocean, policy on foreign aid, mutual trade matters, and the prospects for continuing peace in the region. Economic matters are believed to have taken an important place in the talks. South Yemen is largely dependent on foreign aid for economic stability.