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    Pres. Shastri was questioned on the Vietnam situation. He thought the situation had worsened recently?

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    Background: Pres. Shastri was questioned on the Vietnam situation. He thought the situation had worsened recently and urged the need for peace talks. The chances of the vietnam war escalating into a nuclear war seemed unlikely today, but possible in the future. On the American role in Vietnam war, Shastri felt that it was wrong for action to be taken by one side only, there should be joint by both USA and South Vietnam. There should be an immediate end to bombing and a general cease fire; this might lead to a better atmosphere which would in turn lead to talks between both sides.

    To the question whether he saw any readiness on the part of the Americans to stop bombing, he thought that the Americans did take notice of the plea by seventeen non-aligned nations. Shastri did not see any indications of the Chinese taking an active interest in Vietnam.

    India's trouble's with China along her Northern border had not been resolved at all.

    The new leaders in Russia seemed to be continuing along the same lines as Mr Khrushchev, but they are very worried by the United States attitudes in Vietnam.

    The conversation then turned to Shastri's talks with Pearson, Mr Shastri said they had some very friendly talks and Canada seemed very friendly towards India. They had long talks on the Indian situation, South Vietnam and world peace on the whole. Canada and India agree on many points and the talks had been very valuable.

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