The Shah of Iran and Empress Farah arrived in new Delhi, India, on Wednesday (2 October) for a two day official visit.
The Shah of Iran and Empress Farah arrived in new Delhi, India, on Wednesday (2 October) for a two day official visit. India was their last stop on a five-nation Asian and Pacific tour, which took them to Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.
During his visit, the Shah had discussions with India's Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, on closer economic relations between India and Iran. Mrs. Gandhi's visit to Iran in April this year resulted in a promise that Iran would invest in India's mining and metallurgical industries.
Speaking at a banquet on Wednesday evening, the Shah expressed hopes that greater economic inter-relationship would develop between countries north of the Indian Ocean. He said that the current co-operation between India and Iran was the beginning of "vast" possibilities for the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: Wednesday was also the anniversary of the birth of India's famous leader, Mahatma Gandhi, who helped steer the country to independence in 1947. To honour the occasion, the Shah and Empress visited the Gandhi memorial at Rajghat, where they laid a wreath. The Iranian leader later expressed hopes for closer relations between his country and India.
In a formal speech of welcome, India's President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed said he hoped the Shah's visit would result in greater understanding and co-operation between their respective countries. During his two days in India, the Shah talked with Prime Minister Mrs. Gandhi on several topics -- including Iran's promise to invest in India's mining and metallurgical industries. In return, Iran is to receive cement and manufactured goods despite the fact that India is herself short of these commodities. Other topics of discussion included the possibility of an Asian common market and the Shah's proposal to set up an international development fund backed by oil-producing nations -- a proposal which India has already officially welcomed.