Britain's Prime Minister, Mr Edward Heath, had cordial talks with the Indian leader, Mrs Indira Gandhi, on Sunday.
SV Heath & Mrs Gandhi in garden of Presidential Palace
SV Heath shaking hands with guests
LV People in garden with Palace in B/G
MV Heath greeting Chavan
SV & CU Heath & Chavan talking (2 shots)
GV Garden party in progress
GV Heath at table for press conference
SV Pressmen (2 shots)
(SEQ 13): HEATH: "I'd like to explain how the basis on which the Commonwealth works and the fact that countries disagree about their individual policies is no reason for countries to leave the Commonwealth. After all in this audience I don't think I need to remind you that at one time Pakistan and India were at war but neither thought that a necessary ground for leaving the Commonwealth."
REPORTER: "In the context of what you've said this afternoon, when you spoke of your total rejection of any system which discriminates between its people in the basis of race, colour or creed, is that accepted here in the context of South Africa? And would you like to enlarge on it?"
HEATH: "I said any system because there are other systems to which we object which are tyrannical systems and systems which also discriminate in various ways. I think this is sometimes overlooked. Now with those other countries we carry on trade and we work, even though we don't like their systems. And as far as South Africa is concerned, then, our position is absolutely clear about apartheid - we are opposed to it - and this is accepted by the leaders of the other Commonwealth countries."
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Background: Britain's Prime Minister, Mr Edward Heath, had cordial talks with the Indian leader, Mrs Indira Gandhi, on Sunday. Later at a press conference he defended his Government's attitude on arms for South Africa.
Mr Heath and Mrs Gandhi had lunch together in the beautiful grounds of the Presidential Palace, which was built during the days of British rule as a home for the Viceroys. The talks were friendly and Mrs Gandhi expressed the hope that relations between Britain and India would be even more fruitful in the years to come.
At his Press conference the British Prime Minister warned against passing moral judgements on countries which had differing political systems. Defending his Government's attitude to South Africa he said there were other governments whose systems Britain did not like - but that did not mean that she would not work with them.