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    Maltese Prime Minster Mr. Dom Mintoff left Malta for the People's Republic of China on?

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    Maltese Prime Minster Mr. Dom Mintoff left Malta for the People's Republic of China on Thursday (March 30) after concluding a new agreement with Britain over the use of naval bases on the island, earlier in the week. He took a three-man delegation with him, including the Minister of Public Works. Malta and China established diplomatic relations in January, and an official statement in Malta's parliament on Wednesday (March 29) said the establishment of diplomatic and economic relations between the two countries would be closely examined during Mr. Mintoff's visit. Other details, and the duration of the trip, were not announced.

    The new seven-year agreement between Malta and Britain and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation specifically bars Warsaw Pact forces from the island, but does not mention any other countries.

    The British commando carrier H.M.S. Bulwark, meanwhile, sailed out of Malta's Grand Harbour and Valletta on Thursday as Mr. Mintoff left for China. The sailing date of the Bulwark, which arrived in Malta in January, was set before the agreement was signed in London on Sunday (March 26).

    SYNOPSIS: The Prime Minister of Malta, Mr. Dom Mintoff, left Malta for the People's Republic of China on Thursday. He took a three-man delegation with him, including the Minister of Public Works. An official statement in parliament the day before said the establishment of diplomatic and economic relations between the two countries would be closely examined during Mr. Mintoff's visit. The duration of his visit was not announced.

    The British commando carrier H.M.S. Bulwark left Malta's Grand Harbour, meanwhile, as Mr. Mintoff flew to China. The sailing date of the Bulwark, which arrived in Malta in January, was set before the new seven-year defence agreement between Malta, Britain and NATO signed in London earlier in the week after months of hard bargaining. Now, British troops will be returning to Malta--which is specifically barred to Warsaw Pact countries under the terms of the agreement. No other countries are barred, however. China established diplomatic relations with Malta in January.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADGT6FG46GLUATF2R19YWN0U4B
    Media URN:
    VLVADGT6FG46GLUATF2R19YWN0U4B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
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    N/A

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