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    Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, sister of the Shah of Iran, visited Peking a week ago at the invitation of the Government of the Chinese People's Republic.

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    Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, sister of the Shah of Iran, visited Peking a week ago at the invitation of the Government of the Chinese People's Republic.

    The Princess, who travelled with an entourage of four, was warmly welcomed in Peking and attended a banquet given in her honour in the company of Prime Minister Chou-En-lai.

    The royal visit, coinciding with the visit of several table-tennis teams to the People's Republic, is further evidence of Peking's more open approach to the outside world.

    Iran has no diplomatic relations with Peking, but recognises the regime of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek of Taiwan.

    This film was shot by Peking Television, and the information accompanying it is drawn largely from Peking Television and New China News Agency material.

    SYNOPSIS: The Chinese People's Republic last week welcomed a distinguished visitor from Iran, Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, sister of Shah. Vice Premier Li Hsien-nein and Congress Vice Chairman Koo Mo-Jo, and a little girl with a bouquet, were at the airport to greet her.

    The Princess also met leading members of the National People's Congress Standing Committee. The visit is believed to be the first to China by a member of the Iranian Royal Family. The princes was accompanied by an entourage of four.

    Mr. Cou En-Lai, Premier of the State Council, received the Royal visitor and her party shortly after their arrival in Peking. The visit is seen as further evidence of China's more open policy towards other countries - Iran does not in fact have diplomatic relations with Peking, since it recognises the regime of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek in Taiwan.

    The princess also spent a day sightseeing in Peking and visiting the city's historic buildings. She visited the Summer Place, and took a boat trip on one of Pekings famous lakes. The princess later visited Hangchol and Shanghai, later in her stay.

    While in the capital, she was introduced to teachers and students at Peking University.

    She heard professor Chou Pei-yuan, Vice-Chairman of the University's Revolutionary Council, describe the changes and achievements it had accomplished during the years following the Cultural Revolution.

    The highlight of Princess Ashafra's visit to Peking was a banquet given in her honour by Premier Chou En-Lai. During the banquet Mr. Chou said the Chinese people had always followed with interest the Iranian people's efforts in their struggle against foreign aggression and for national reconstruction. Replying the princess said, Iran and China were inheritors of a great civilisation and at the same time were dedicated in different ways to achieving rapid social and materials progress for their peoples.

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