INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe arrived in India on Thursday (21 May) for a four-day official visit -- his first to the country since he came to power in April last year.
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CU Mrs Gandhi waiting.
SV Mr. Mugabe and wife being greeted by Mrs Gandhi.
SV Mr. Mugabe and Mrs Gandhi walking to car.
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SV INT President and Mrs Reddy greeting Mr. & Mrs Mugabe, and sitting and talking. (3 SHOTS)
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SV Mrs Gandhi seated with delegates at conference table.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Robert Mugabe arrived in India on Thursday (21 May) for a four-day official visit -- his first to the country since he came to power in April last year. Mr. Mugabe who is on the third leg of a tour which has already taken him to China and Japan, is seeking India's help in rebuilding his country's economy.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Mugabe received a warm welcome at the airport from Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi. The two leaders are already well acquainted and Mrs Gandhi attended Zimbabwe's independence celebrations in Salisbury last year.
Mr. Mugabe is seeking India's help in rebuilding his country's economy and ways of expanding trade. Mrs Gandhi has already offered to help reorganise Zimbabwe's railway; post and telecommunications, agricultural and health services.
During his stay Mr. Mugabe also had talks with President Sanjiva Reddy. Later the two countries signed three agreements on trade, technical and economic co-operation. Zimbabwe is still struggling to recover from its seven-year internal war, and is urgently seeking international aid to help rebuild its trade and infrastructure. Mr. Mugabe's current tour has already brought promises of help from China and Japan, and he will be going on to visit Pakistan next.
During his talks Mr. Mugabe also sought support for the implementation of the United Nations plan for the independence of Namibia (South-West Africa). Mr. Mugabe said his country had rejected American attempts to modify the plan and called for increased international pressure on South Africa to prevent it from obstructing Namibia's path to independence.