Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Mr.
LV Mr. Agha Shahi, Pakistan's Foreign Minister introduced to members of Indian Government by Mr. Narshima Rao, India's Foreign Minister, at Delhi Airport.
SV Mr. Shahi and Mr. Rao pose for cameras and walks across tarmac.
GV Foreign Ministry building.
CU Mr. Shahi seated at conference table.
CU Mr. Rao seated at table.
SV PAN ALONG Members of Pakistan delegation seated at table.
GV Parliament House building.
SV INTERIOR Mr. Shahi seated with Indian Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi. (3 shots)
SV Mr. Rao seated with qq other ministers.
SV Mrs Gandhi and Mr. Mr. Rao seated.
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Background: Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Mr. Agha Shahi, said on Tuesday (15 July) at the start of three days of talks with the Indian Government in New Delhi, that Pakistan believes the situation in Afghanistan, arising from the Soviet intervention, can be resolved only politically. He said a power struggle in southern Asia must be avoided.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Shahi's visit a was a aimed at trying to remove mutual mistrust between the two countries, and narrow differences on their Afghanistan policies. He was greeted at New Delhi Airport by members of the Indian Government including the Foreign Minister, Mr. Narshima Rao.
Mr. Shahi told reporters he hoped the talks would be constructive. It was the first visit to India by a Pakistani Foreign Minister since the change of Government in India, and followed inconclusive discussions in Islamabad earlier this year when the two sides achieved little more than a better understanding of each other's points of view. Both countries are opposed to the Soviet presence in Afghanistan, but disagree on how to secure its withdrawal.
Mr. Rao has repeatedly voiced concern over Pakistan's rearmament programme.
The Pakistanis dislike India's attempts to stop their arms supplies. India and Pakistan have fought three wars in the past thirty-three years. The main stumbling block in the present normalisation process is once again the Kashmir issue. In a separate meeting, Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi told Mr. Shahi the two countries had agreed in 1972 to a peaceful bilateral settlement of the Kashmir issue. Her comment followed Pakistani efforts to raise the subject at international conference.