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    The Soviet Communist Party leader, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, called on India';s President Giri on Tuesday?

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    The Soviet Communist Party leader, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, called on India';s President Giri on Tuesday (27 November) -- the second day of his five-day visit to New Delhi. Mr. Brezshnev is staying at President Giri's official residence.

    He later addressed a mass rally of about 100,000 people near the ramparts of the Red Fort. Mr. Brezhnev gave the first hint of a possible trade and economic treaty between India and the Soviet Union.

    He told the rally he had discussed with the Prime Minister. Indira Gandhi, a long-term plan extending to at least 15 years. He said his talks were proceeding, "as always, successfully and fruitfully."
    Mr. Brezhnev's speech was so long that he fell silent and allowed an aide to carry on alone with the Hindi translation. Some of the crowd began to leave as evening drew on and aide read alone for 25 minutes. Mr. Brezhnev resumed the Russian text for the closing remarks of his one-and-a-quarter hour speech.

    Speaking immediately after, Mrs. Gandhi paid glowing tribute to the way in which the Soviet Union had come to India's aid in times of difficulties, as int the Bangladesh crisis and the recent food loan.

    But she said that friendship with the Soviet Union need not prevent India from seeking friendship with others, and stressed that India's path to development was different from that of the Soviet Union.

    The two leaders held a third round of talks on Wednesday (28 November) and were due to meet again on Thursday before issuing a joint declaration.

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