Pakistan's President Zia ul-Haq, who's been trying to stop the Iraq-Iran conflict, arrived in London on Monday (6 October) on h is way home from the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
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SV Officers in uniform watch as General Zia ul-Haq, President of Pakistan, walks down aircraft steps and shakes hands with officials before being greeted by British Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington
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SV Sign on the corner of Downing Street PAN TO British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's residence
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SV President Zia and Mrs Thatcher shaking hands inside number ten
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Background: Pakistan's President Zia ul-Haq, who's been trying to stop the Iraq-Iran conflict, arrived in London on Monday (6 October) on h is way home from the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. He discussed the Gulf situation and Afghanistan over lunch with Mrs Thatcher, the British Prime Minister, t her official residence in Downing Street.
SYNOPSIS: At London's Heathrow airport, President Zia was given an official welcome by Britain's Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington. He told newsmen later that the present position of the Iran and Iraq governments were so fundamentally apart it was difficult to see a long-term solution. He was more optimistic when he left meetings in Baghdad and Teheran recently. Then he was sure that there would eventually be a solution acceptable to both sides. General Zia said he had no immediate plans to return to Iran and Iraq for further meditation talks but he was still willing to go at the right time. On the Afghanistan situation, General Zia said the recent raid on two isolated Pakistani posts had been a good warning to him, and there'd been no justification for the attacks.
During an interview, Pakistan's leader said his country was having nothing to do with the fighting by the rebels in Afghanistan. But he said there were now one-million, two-hundred thousand Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Asked about Islamic talks on Afghanistan, General Zia said the regime of Babrak Karmal was unapproachable as it had an inflexible attitude to the situation.
General Zia arrived at Downing Street for a meeting with Mrs Thatcher, described by British officials as very amicable. Pakistan's president was chosen by the Moslem world to take the first steps towards ending the Iraq-Iran war. His Islamic goodwill delegation to the embattled countries achieved little. He told Mrs Thatcher that both sides had their case. But unless both agreed to accept a solution the war would go on.