Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere arrived in the Indian capital New Delhi on Friday (16 January) to discuss the Angolan situation with Indian leaders.
Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere arrived in the Indian capital New Delhi on Friday (16 January) to discuss the Angolan situation with Indian leaders. He was met at the airport by President Fakhruddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the External Affairs Minister, Yeshwantrao Chavan.
During his week-long state visit, President Nyerere will receive the Jawaharlal Nehru award for international understanding, the highest award the country can offer a foreigner.
African developments, with special reference to Angola, dominated the talks which began between he Tanzanian leader and Mrs. Gandhi on Friday. President Nyerere, fresh from the Addis Ababa Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit on Angola, gave an exhaustive account on the Angolan situation.
Mrs. Gandhi told reporters after the 90-minute meeting that they had discussed world problems in general and added that Tanzania had recognised the left-wing Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and "They do not think South Africa should be there (in Angola)".
On Saturday (17 January), President Ahmed expressed India's deep concern over the Angolan civil war at a banquet in honour of the Tanzanian President. He condemned South African intervention in the newly-independent country. He said India had full faith in Africa's capacity and determination to resolve its problems.
In his reply, President Nyerere made no mention of Angola but said India and Tanzania had the same basic attitudes on non-alignment, on the exclusion of big power bases from the Indian Ocean, on anti-colonialism and on the whole question of racialism in southern Africa.
He paid tribute to India for its "consistent good neighbourliness" towards Tanzania and although industrially and militarily stronger than Tanzania, it had never acted in an intimidatory manner.