Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Arkhipov, who has been visiting India as part of a Soviet drive to strengthen relations between the two countries, called on Indian President Sanjiva Reddy on Friday (29 February).
GV EXTERIOR: President's house with guard on duty outside. (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR: India's President Sanjiva Reddy welcomes Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Mr. I Arkhipov.
CU PULL BACK TO SV: Mr. Arkhipov and delegates talking with President Reddy
GV EXTERIOR: Prime Minister's Secretariat building.
CU PAN INTERIOR: India's Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi seated and talking with Mr Arkhipov and delegates.
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Background: Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Arkhipov, who has been visiting India as part of a Soviet drive to strengthen relations between the two countries, called on Indian President Sanjiva Reddy on Friday (29 February). later the same day, Mr. Arkhipov met Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Arkhipov met President Reddy at the President's House in New Delhi. During their 45-minute meeting the two men held talks on the question of Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. They also discussed ways of furthering economic. Scientific, technological and trade links between their two countries. During his 10-day visit to india Mr Arkhipov emphasised that relations between India and the Soviet Union are based on firm foundations of long-term vital interests of the people and governments of the two states. He has called for rapprochement and understanding rather than artificial alienation and enmity.
After his meeting with President Reddy, Mr Arkhipov held talks with Mrs Gandhi. The previous day (28 February) Mrs Gandhi had said India wanted a stable government in Afghanistan but had added that it was up to the Afghan people themselves to decide what form it should take. She also said her government would never support outside interference in any country. At the end of the day Mr Arkhipov described his talks as 'fruitful and productive'.