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    India's Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi has spoken out against what she terms "persistent attempts?

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    India's Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi has spoken out against what she terms "persistent attempts by outside sources" to keep the Indian sub-continent disunited. Mrs. Gandhi made the charge in Kabul on Monday (5 July) during her four-day official visit to Afghanistan.

    SYNOPSIS: During the talks with Afghan President Mohammed Daoud at the Gulkhana Palace, Mrs. Gandhi stressed the importance of traditional friendly relations between India and Afghanistan in the context of the recent political developments in the sub-continent. She said attempts to disrupt the region's progress must be foiled. President Daoud said nothing would affect the existing excellent relations between the two countries.

    The two leaders also discussed the forthcoming Non-Aligned Summit in Colombo and the situation in the Middle East.

    Later, the Indian Premier visited the holiday resort of Paghman, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) away from Kabul in the hills She was accompanied by ??? delegation and was ??? entertained by Afghanistan's First Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Hassan Sharq.

    During her talks in the country, Mrs. Gandhi said India had attempted to improve relations with Pakistan and also with China. Mrs. Gandhi said her country's friendship with the Soviet Union did not preclude it from establishing friendly relations with others. President Daoud said his country also hoped to improve relations with China.

    Mrs. Gandhi was entertained by leading Afghan musicians during her visit to Paghman.

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