INTRODUCTION: President Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guniea arrived in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Tuesday (17 March) for a four-day state visit.
GV Guinea President Sekou Toure's aircraft arriving at New Delhi airport.
SV President and Mrs Sanjiva Reddy and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi waiting on tarmac.
SV President Toure and wife down steps of aircraft, greeted by hosts.
SV President House dome with Indian flag flying.
SV INTERIOR Two Presidential couples meeting.
SV Two Presidents seated with Mrs Gandhi.
SV Palace bodyguard in white uniform.
SV Mrs Gandhi with President Toure and interpreter.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guniea arrived in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Tuesday (17 March) for a four-day state visit. After meetings with President Sanjiva Reddy, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and government ministers, he left for a tour of the northern states of Haryan and Punjab. Mr. Toure heads an Islamic Conference Organisation (ICO) peace mission of eight people. It is one of two separate missions appointed to negotiate a peace settlement in the Gulf War between Iran and Iraq.
SYNOPSIS: President Toure, heading a delegation of 20, was welcomed at Delhi airport by President Reddy, his wife, and Mrs Gandhi.
In an airport speech, President Toure was to speak warmly of India's role in the non-aligned movement. He said he agreed with India's view that non-alignment did not mean neutrality. President Reddy, in his welcoming speech, offered to share India's experience in economic and technological fields with Guinea. He hoped the visit would increase bilateral co-operation between the two countries.
Later, at President House, Mr. Toure told President Reddy and Mrs Gandhi that both the Islamic and the Non-Aligned peace missions to the Gulf War would visit Iran and Iraq next month. Indian officials said a certain degree of co-ordination already existed between the two missions.
The other Non-Aligned mission was set up last month in Delhi, and held its first meeting in Geneva last week (9-13 March).
Mr. Toure had talks lasting 90 minutes with Mrs Gandhi. He said the Islamic Conference Organisation was working out some proposals, and would approach Iraq and Iran to find out what their governments thought of them.