Increased levels of economic and trading cooperation have emerged as the first result of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's visit to the Soviet Union.
SV INTERIOR Kremlin. President Brezhnev and Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi taking seats, ZOOM INTO Gandhi signing declaration PAN to Brezhnev signing PULL BACK TO GV both leaders signing
CU Brezhnev signing ZOOM OUT TO documents being exchanged
SV Soviet officials look on
CU Gandhi signing Brezhnev's copy of agreement
CU Brezhnev signing Gandhi's copy
SV Indian delegates look on
GV ZOOM TO Brezhnev and Gandhi handing respective documents back to each other
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Background: Increased levels of economic and trading cooperation have emerged as the first result of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's visit to the Soviet Union. The Indian leader, on her first visit to Moscow since 1976, signed a joint declaration with President Leonid Brezhnev in the Kremlin on September 21. They agreed to boost bilateral trade by approximately one third, to four billion dollars by 1986. The Soviet Union will also help the expansion of India's heavy industry by providing equipment on low terms. Mrs. Gandhi's talks in the Kremlin touched upon several international issues. She is reported to have called for a political solution in Afghanistan where Soviet troops have been in garrison since December 1979. In a review of the Middle East, the two leaders condemned Israeli behavior in Lebanon -- and regarding its regional relations, Mrs. Gandhi said India wanted to reduce tensions with Pakistan and improve relations with China. India and the Soviet Union are linked in a 20-year friendship treaty. The visit to Moscow follows closely on Mrs. Gandhi's trip to Washington last month (August) where long-standing differences with the United States were reportedly patched up.