Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dong said in New Delhi on Wednesday (9 April) his government wanted to have discussions with Thailand about the use of its territory by troops loyal to the former Khmer Rouge regime of Kampuchea.
GV: Communist party of India members outside New Delhi air airport to welcome Mr Dong, the Vietnamese Premier
LV: Mr Dong stepping down from aircraft and being greeted by Mrs. Gandhi
CU PAN FROM: Mrs Gandhi TO Mr Dong with flowers around his neck
SV: Supporters with banner at roadside
GV: Mr Dong reviewing naval guard of honour (2 shots)
SV: Mr Dong receiving flowers
GV: Mr Dong leaving airport in car
CU INTERIOR: President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy speaking with Mr Dong through interpreter
GV: Indian Parliament building.
CU PAN FROM: Painting TO Mrs Gandhi and Dong
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Background: Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dong said in New Delhi on Wednesday (9 April) his government wanted to have discussions with Thailand about the use of its territory by troops loyal to the former Khmer Rouge regime of Kampuchea. Mr Dong was expected to discuss Indian recognition of Kampuchea as well as Afghanistan during a five-day visit to India.
SYNOPSIS: Members of the Indian Communist party were at New Delhi airport on Monday (7 April) when the Vietnamese leader arrived on his state visit. India's Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, told Mr Dong that the pursuance of detente had been given up and that peace "has had a setback". With particular reference to Afghanistan, Mrs Gandhi said it was important that their two countries exchange views on the situation and whether the non-aligned movement could meet the developments.
Mr Dong told reporters on Wednesday (9 April) that the remaining troops of the Pol Pot regime, toppled by a Vietnamese-backed invasion of Kampuchea sixteen months ago, wouldn't have survived but for their sanctuaries in Thailand. But he said their activities shouldn't cause much concern as Kampuchea was steadily moving towards becoming a sovereign independent state.
The Vietnamese leader, who was received by the Indian President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, was not the only visitor to arrive in New Delhi that day. Cuba's Foreign Minister Mr Isidoro Malmier Capeoli - who is the Chairman of the Non-Aligned movement - arrived for talks with Mrs Gandhi on ways of defusing the Afghan crisis. He was followed by Mr Nikolai Firyubin, the Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister, who was returning to Moscow after discussing the Kremlin's military intervention in Afghanistan with Nepalese and Burmese leaders.
A meeting between the three visiting dignitaries has not been ruled out.