Britain's Prime Minister Mr. Edward Heath, who is on his way to the Commonwealth Prime?
Britain's Prime Minister Mr. Edward Heath, who is on his way to the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference in Singapore, was welcomed by the Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Gandhi on Saturday (9 January) when he flew in at New Delhi airport.
Also there to meet him, outside the airport, were a group of students-- some of them Africans--who demonstrated noisily against British proposals to sell arms to South Africa.
On Sunday (10 San.) Mr. Heath and Mrs. Gandhi discussed the British "arms for South Africa" proposals in talks at the Presidential Palace, without any hardening of attitudes on either side, as the Indian Government spokesman put it.
The spokesman said India still hopes for a solution to the problem at the Singapore conference, at which the British Prime Minister is expected to face strong opposition to his plans.
At a new conference in Delhi, Mr. Heath defended his policy by referring once more to "growing Soviet influence in the Indian Ocean."
He said Russian power there now posed a threat to Britain and her Western allies, and this threat was what lay behind British thinking on the question of arms sales to South Africa.