India's Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi has spoken out against what she terms "persistent attempts?
GV Gulkhana Place
SV Mrs. Gandhi welcomed by President Daoud
GV Mrs. Gandhi sitting at conference table with President Daoud and ministers
SV Daoud ZOOM OUT TO GV Gandhi and others around conference table
GV Ornamental swimming pool in garden
SV & GV Mrs. Gandhi walking in garden with delegation and Afghan ministers
GV Mrs. Gandhi shaking hands with people in garden (3 shots)
GV Mrs. Gandhi listening to musicians in garden
During the talks, President Daoud and Mrs. Gandhi also discussed the recent visit to Afghanistan by Pakistan's Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. President Daoud said the talks with Mr. Bhutto were held in a cordial atmosphere. The humanitarian gesture shown by Pakistan in offering Afghanistan help for its earthquake and flood victims and the end of hostile propaganda against Afghanistan had facilitated the meeting, he said.
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Background: 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.