Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, the chief Viet Cong negotiator at the Paris peace talks, paid a courtesy call on President V.
GV Presidential Palace
SV INT Giri meets Binh and delegates
SV&CU Binh and Giri seated
CU Giri received box containing silver vase, which Madame Binh starts to unwrap
CU Member of North Vietnamese delegation watches
SCU Madame Binh hands silver vase to President Giri
Initials RG/MR/BJ RG/MR/MH
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Background: Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, the chief Viet Cong negotiator at the Paris peace talks, paid a courtesy call on President V.V. Giri in New Delhi on Monday as part of a nine-day visit she is making to India.
An official spokesman said that Mme. Binh, who is Foreign Minister in the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam, briefly discussed the Vietnam war with the President. Yesterday Mme. Binh put the Viet Cong view of the conflict to Government leaders, including Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi and Foreign Minister Swaran Singh.
The visit sparked off a diplomatic row on Tuesday when the South Vietnamese acting Counsel-General in New Delhi asked the Indian government to arrest the Viet Cong leader as a rebel and hand over to the Saigon Government. Indian officials indicated that the request was not being taken seriously.