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    INTRODUCTION: The Laotian leader, Prince souphanouvong, arrived in New Delhi on Thursday (13 January) at the start of an eight-day official visit to India.

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    INTRODUCTION: The Laotian leader, Prince souphanouvong, arrived in New Delhi on Thursday (13 January) at the start of an eight-day official visit to India.

    SYNOPSIS: It was the first time Prince Souphanouvong had been on an overseas visit since he assumed the presidency of Laos in December, 1975. He was greeted at the airport by Indian President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi and the Foreign Minister Yeshwantrao Chavan. In welcoming Prince Souphanouvong, President Ahmed said his visit was a sign that peace and stability had returned to Laos.

    Prince Souphanouvong led the military and political struggle of the pro-communist Pathet Lao forces for more than 20 years before becoming President.

    After the official welcome at the airport, the Laotian leader and Mrs. Gandhi were due to have talks on international affairs. The Prince led the newly-founded Pathet Lao in armed attacks against the government from 1952, but finally joined a coalition government headed by Prince Souvanna Phouma in 1957. However, the partnership lasted only one year and Prince Souphanouvong returned to armed struggle against the Laotian government.

    Even before a cease fire in 1973 ended the civil war in Laos, it was estimated that the Pathet Lao controlled two-thirds of the country. Prince Souphanouvong's appointment as president ended 700 years of monarchy in Laos.

    In their talks at the President's House, Mrs. Gandhi and Prince Souphanouvong discussed bilateral relations and the international situation particularly in south-east Asia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9B81TELJPE8W0HEBBY2HLDQLQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9B81TELJPE8W0HEBBY2HLDQLQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/01/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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