After his meeting on Thursday (14 September) with Indian Prime Minister Mr. Gandhi in New?
SV PAN INT Airport lounge - Rahman receives garlands
MV Newsmen at press conference
CU Rahman speaking
SOUND STARTS: "Bangladesh is.."
SOUND ENDS: "...official level (last word indistinct)"
PREMIER RAHMAN: "Bangladesh is a sovereign country...and one sovereign country can discuss policy with another sovereign country. Until Bangladesh is recognised by Pakistan, all the discussion can continue. Bangladesh is an independent sovereign country. If Mr. Bhutto was to discuss with a representative of Bangladesh, it is proper for him to recognise Bangladesh first. And then I can tell you, Bangladesh has no objection to discuss with Mr. Bhutto in an official or any level...."
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Background: After his meeting on Thursday (14 September) with Indian Prime Minister Mr. Gandhi in New Delhi, Prime Minister Sheikh Mjibur Rahman said there would be no meeting with President Bhutto until Pakistan officially recognised his country.
Sheikh Rahman spoke to pressmen before flying home to Dacca:-