The Indian capital of New Delhi was busy this week as the city prepared for the visit of United States President, Jimmy Carter.
GV: Parliament House in Delhi.
GV: Flags being put up in street. (TWO SHOTS)
GV: Ground being repaired in front of President's residence.
GV & CU: Crowd barriers being erected along roadside. (FOUR SHOTS)
GV: Official dais being prepared. (FIVE SHOTS)
Reuters reports that one of the most important issues to be discussed by President Carter and Prime Minister Desai will the question of India's nuclear policy. Earlier this month (22 December) Mr. Desai pledged that India would not conduct any more atomic explosions for peaceful purposes and would not make nuclear weapons.
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Background: The Indian capital of New Delhi was busy this week as the city prepared for the visit of United States President, Jimmy Carter. The President is due to arrive in India on Sunday (1 January) for a 48-hour visit as part of his current whirlwind tour of six countries in nine days.
SYNOPSIS: Authorities in New Delhi made an all out effort to prepare for the visit, which will concentrate mainly on the capital. And workmen made sure that the city will put on its best face by brightening up the streets with banners and coloured bunting.
The place where President Carter will stay was also tidied up. The President has said that he expects his visit to be especially useful despite his short stay.
That's because India has moved from a pro-Soviet stance to one more favourable to the United States since the election defeat of Mrs. Indira Gandhi's Congress Party government last March. Under the Janata Party government of Prime Minister Morarji Desai, relations between the two countries have improved considerably. And authorities are expecting this to be reflected in a massive public welcome.
Many Indians will have the chance not only to see the President, but also to hear him speak from a rostrum which has been renovated in New Delhi's Ram Lila grounds. As well as attending this Civic Reception, Mr. Carter will also speak to the Indian Parliament and have private discussions with the Indian Prime Minister.