President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn rounded off their two-day visit to India with a trip on Tuesday (3 January) to the village of Daulatpur-Nasirbad, near New Delhi where they talked to villagers and saw local craftsmen at work.
GV INDIA: President Jimmy Carter, Mrs. Rosalynn Carter and party arrive in village of Daulatpur-Nasirbad.
GV: Mr. and Mrs. Carter stroll through crowd.
SCU: Villagers put mark on Carters' foreheads.
GV: Villagers watching.
SCU: Carters talking to villagers.
CU: Cobbler at work.
SV: Mrs Carter examines shoes.
SCU: Carters leaving building, Mrs. Carter in Indian garb.
SV & CU: Carter and Prime Minister Morarji Desai at Biogas installation.
SV: Local women singing.
SV: Carters leave village.
LV SAUDI ARABIA: Carter and wife leave aircraft in Riyadh to be greeted by King Khalid.
SV & CU: Carter is saluted. Band plays U.S. and Arabian anthems. (THREE SHOTS)
SV: King Khalid makes speech in Arabic.
Translation in English and then Carter makes speech.
REPORTER: "As they arrived the President and Mrs. Carter were greeted by local officials and garlanded with flowers by women and children. At one of the first stops on their stroll through the crowded village, a tilak, a holy mark was painted on the forehead of each of the two honoured visitors. The farmers and their families who live in Daulatpur are naturally shy of foreigners and quietly respectful, but through interpreters the President and Mrs. Carter each tried to communicate. At the local sh???e shop, the cobbler had made a pair of shoes for the President. In one house several artisans has assembled their products for the Carters to examine. From the standpoint of the village, the highpoint of the tour came when Mrs. Carter stepped inside the community hall and came out again wearing several colourful Indian scarves.
The townspeople loved it. Prime Minister Desai and a local engineer explained to the Carters a new Bio-gas installation that turns cow dung into methane gas for cooking and gas lanterns. Mr. Carter thought it might make a good addition to his energy programme. Towards the end of their tour the Carters were serenaded by the local ladies' choir. And as they left Daulatpur after an exchange of gifts, the President and the first lady were told the town will henceforth be called Carterpur."
TRANSLATOR: "Mr. President. I welcome your excellency in our country as a great friend and I thank you for your efforts to find a just and lasting solution for the problems of the Middle East. I wish your excellency a pleasant stay in this friendly country and success in your trip and commendable endeavours. Thank you."
CARTER: "Assalam-o-alekum. Peace be unto you. The primary purpose of my trip and this visit is peace. As your majesty has already said the most important subject which will be discussed is the early achievement of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East."
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Background: President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn rounded off their two-day visit to India with a trip on Tuesday (3 January) to the village of Daulatpur-Nasirbad, near New Delhi where they talked to villagers and saw local craftsmen at work. It was a break from the talks and official business that have occupied most of his time and was suggested by the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Morarji Desai. Later the President and his wife arrived in Saudi Arabia to an official welcome. The Middle East peace moves were high on the agenda for discussions. Reporter Robert Pierpoint sent this report from India of the President's village walkabout.
SYNOPSIS: President and Mrs Carter arrived in the royal capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, in the afternoon to a warm reception. They were greeted by King Khalid Ibn Abdul Aziz and crown Prince Fahd at the airport. The President was staying in Arabia for only one day. On Wednesday he was due to fly to Aswan in upper Egypt. During his visit to Arabia, the President planned to discuss the Middle East situation with King Khalid. The President and first lady were accorded full honours at the airport, but later there was expected to be tough talking.
After the military welcome, which included a 21-gun salute, and a band which played the American and Saudi Arabian national anthems, the President was welcomed by King Khalid with a speech which was translated afterwards thanking him for his Middle East peace efforts.