In India, British Prime Minister James Callaghan held private talks with his Indian counterpart Morarji Desai on Saturday (7 January).
GV Prime Minister James Callaghan leaves aircraft in Delhi and is greeted by Premier Morarji Desai.
SV Prime Minister Callaghan shaking hands with officials and being garlanded by Mayor of Delhi.
GV Callaghan reviewing guard of honour including Gurkhas and sailors.
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SV INTERIOR Callaghan shaking hands with British and Indian officials.
Earlier, Mr. Callaghan received a warm, informal welcome when he arrived in the capital of New Delhi to begin his five-day visit, his first to India as Prime Minister.
Mr. Desai was present at New Delhi's Palam airport to greet him.
The British leader endeared himself to his hosts when he said he felt very much at home in India and spoke of his affection for the country. The Mayor of Delhi garlanded him in the traditional Indian way of honouring guests.
The visit was expected to strengthen the already close relations between the two Commonwealth countries.
Mr. Callaghan said India had a great capacity to give leadership because of its past history and its special position as a developing and an industrialised nation. Its leadership could help developing countries to tackle some of their problems of development.
According to official sources, Mr. Callaghan in keen to reconcile the differences between India and other nuclear powers over the nuclear non-proliferation treaty which New Delhi so far has refused to sign. The Indian government considers the text of the treaty to be discriminatory. The question was stumbling block in discussions earlier in the week between Mr. Desai and President Carter. Following this disagreement, the American leader was heard to say to his Secretary of State Cyrus Vance that he would send a "very cold and blunt" letter to Mr. Desai. Mr. Callaghan said India's refusal to open her nuclear installations for international inspection should not block peaceful development of atomic enterprises by India.
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Background: In India, British Prime Minister James Callaghan held private talks with his Indian counterpart Morarji Desai on Saturday (7 January). They discussed nuclear questions and the possible sale to India of the Anglo-French combat aircraft, the Jaguar. They were also believed to have discussed bilateral problems - from trade and aid to immigration and major world issues.