Continuing his seven nation tour of Europe, the Middle East and Asia, United States President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn arrived in New Delhi, on Sunday ( 1 January).
GV Presidential plane at Palam Airport, New Delhi
SV Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai and wife waiting to greet waiting to greet Carters
GV U.S. President Jimmy Carter and wife down aircraft steps and greeted by American Ambassador, Indian President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and Desai
SV Mayor of Delhi R.K. Gupta placing garland around Carter's neck
SV Security men escorting President Carter and party across tarmac (3 shots)
CU Carter speaking from rostrum to large crowd and crowd cheering (8 shots)
GV Large crowd at National Convention of Congressmen rally
CU Posters showing Mrs. Indira Gandhi and crowds chanting (2 shots)
CU Mrs. Gandhi standing among crowd during singing of national song (4 shots)
SV Crowd at rally
CU Mrs. Gandhi listening to speaker (3 shots)
CARTER: "Happy New Year every-body. I bring you warm New Year's greetings from the people of the United States. I am particularly pleased with the presence of the Mayor and of your Prime Minister."
"I know him to be a man of uncompromising dedication to personal and also public morality."
According to Reuters News Agency President Carter included India on his itinerary to emphasise his hope that the country can overcome its problems of poverty and economic weakness through democratic means. he is expected to offer to resume the U.S. economic co-operation with India which ended seven years ago. One of Mr. Carter's announced goals is to help redress India's till towards the Soviet Union during Mrs. Gandhi's time as Prime Minister.
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Background: Continuing his seven nation tour of Europe, the Middle East and Asia, United States President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn arrived in New Delhi, on Sunday ( 1 January).
SYNOPSIS: The President has flown from Teheran after meetings with the shah of Iran and King Hussein of Jordan. The Presidential plane, Air Force One, touched down at Palam airport to a ceremonial welcome.
A 21-gun salute boomed out as President Carter and his wife emerged from the plane to be greeted by the American Ambassador to India, Indian President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and Prime Minister Morarji Desai. President Carter arrived at a time when relations between India and the Unites States have warmed significantly after nearly 20 years of suspicion and rivalry. As the President reached the end of the welcoming procedures a traditional touch -- Mayor of Delhi R.K. Gupta placed a garland of marigolds around his neck.
But the security men were very much in evidence -- escorting the President to the rostrum where he spoke to the people of India.
Elsewhere in Delhi on Sunday internal politics absorbed the attention of about 2,000 Congress Party members. They attended a convention of supporters of former Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, despite calls for a boycott by the official leadership.
Mrs. Gandhi -- India's Prime Minister for 11 years until she lost the general election last March -- gave no hint of her plans as she presided over the opening session. However her supporters pressed her to declare her faction the "genuine Congress Party". Last month Mrs. Gandhi resigned from the party's highest policy-making body.