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Background: Against a background of high military tension between India and Pakistan, with increasing troop movements along the common frontier, indian Premier Mrs. Gandhi is continuing with her Western tour. In Vienna on Wednesday (October 27) she met Austrian President Franz Jonas on the second day of her three-day official visit there, during which she reiterated that only a political solution acceptable to the people of East Pakistan could solve the crisis. She described the situation as "extremely dangerous".
SYNOPSIS: Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, continuing her tour of Western counties, met Austrian President Franz Jonas in Vienna on Wednesday. It was the second day of her three-day official visit to Austria--just one of the countries where she is briefing Western leaders on the situation between India and Pakistan, and between the Pakistan Government and breakaway Bangla Desh.
Following her meeting with President Jonas, during which she was introduced to top Austrian officials, Mrs. Gandhi later met for 90 minutes with Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky. In a statement after the meeting, she said that between thirty thousand and forty-two thousand refugees from East Pakistan were still crossing daily into India. She described the situation there as "extremely dangerous", and said only a political settlement acceptable to the people of East Pakistan could ease it. Mrs. Gandhi, who had arrived from Brussels on the second leg of her six-nation tour, also defended India's recent treaty with the Soviet Union. It did not alter India's policy of non-alignment, she said. Her next stop was London, in Britain.