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    On the last full day of his visit to India, Thursday (29 November), Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev spoke before a joint session of the two houses of the Indian Parliament and signed four agreements with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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    On the last full day of his visit to India, Thursday (29 November), Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev spoke before a joint session of the two houses of the Indian Parliament and signed four agreements with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

    Mr. Brezhnev received a standing ovation from the seven hundred Members of Parliament as he entered the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi. In his comments before the Indian legislative body, the Soviet leader warned that without an early peace settlement in the Middle East, "a new and even more dangerous explosion could occur.

    Turning his attention to problems in Asia, Mr. Brezhnev said the continent must become a continent of friendship and cooperation. He added, that this "great goal is worth the efforts and the struggle." Once again the Soviet leader put forward the concept of Asian collective security -- a plan he first set out in 1969, and discussed with Indian Prime Minister Gandhi during their ten-hours of talks during his stay.

    Mr. Brezhnev devoted most of his hour-long speech to international relations. He pledged that the Soviet Union was "determined to go further along the charted path of detents and peaceful cooperation" with the United States.

    After his address to the Parliament, Mr. Brezhnev drove to the President's residence where he signed four agreements with Mrs. Gandhi. The agreements call for very extensive economic collaboration between the two countries on a long-term basis, including a 150 to 200 per cent increase in their trade turn-over by 1980 from the present level of 4,500 million rupees (250 million sterling).

    In a joint political declaration, the two countries welcomed the "positive shifts" in the situation in Asia and called for the extension of the principles of detente, as seen in Europe, to all parts of the world.

    The Soviet leader and his party flew back to Moscow after his five-day visit to the Indian capital on Friday (30th November).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7A19ZKD6R9PJJJVGB0IYH3CZU
    Media URN:
    VLVA7A19ZKD6R9PJJJVGB0IYH3CZU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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