Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi arrived in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Thursday (14 October) for an official four-day visit.
GVs Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi down steps of aircraft in Lusaka, Zambia, and greeted by Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda and other officials (2 shots)
GVs & CU Welcoming crowd with banners (3 shots)
GV Mrs. Gandhi and Kaunda walking past cheering, waving crowd
GVs Dancers and acrobats performing (4 shots)
GVs Mrs. Gandhi and Kaunda into car and car away (2 shots)
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Background: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi arrived in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Thursday (14 October) for an official four-day visit.
SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Gandhi is on a 10-day tour of East Africa. She flew into Lusaka from Dares Salaam in Tanzania. The Indian leader received a tumultuous welcome from Zambians led by President Kenneth Kaunda. During her Zambian stopover the two leaders were expected to discuss a wide range of issues including Southern Africa.
Rhodesian sources in Lusaka said Mrs. Gandhi also planned to meet Rhodesian Nationalists there, including Joshua Nkomo and Bishop Abel Muzorewa, to discuss moves towards black majority rule in Rhodesia. Along with Dr. Kaunda, Mrs. Gandhi is acknowledged as one of the leaders of the non-aligned group of nations, and both are known to be acutely concerned about the Rhodesian situation and its implications for third world countries.
While she was in Tanzania, Mrs. Gandhi met Mr. Robert Mugabe, the third nationalist leader invited to take part in next week's British-sponsored Rhodesia conference in Geneva, Switzerland. But despite the seriousness of the visit, her arrival was a chance for a more lighthearted time as the local people turned on a magnificent display of dancing and acrobatics to bid her welcome.
As well as her overall concern for the future of Rhodesia and its peoples, it's understood that Mr. Gandhi also wanted to discuss the likely fate of Rhodesia's Asian minority under a black African government.