Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had talks in Paris with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing on Tuesday (21 October) centering on new arms deals, nuclear power plants and bilateral collaboration.
GVs Demonstration outside Elysee Palace (2 shots)
GV Bhutto shaking hands with Giscard and walking out to newsmen
SV Reporter asking Bhutto question
SV PAN Bhutto down steps and waves to demonstrators
GV Demonstrators shouting
SV & BV Bhutto waves to crowd and ZOOM IN TO Demonstrators (2 shots)
MV Car and escort leave (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: BHUTTO: "Well I've had very good discussions with the President. And we have discussed all our problems, our mutual problems, and problems of the region from which we come. The general situation also and our bilateral collaboration."
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This film includes comments made by Mr. Bhutto after his meeting with President Giscard d'Estaing. A transcript appears below.
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Background: Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had talks in Paris with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing on Tuesday (21 October) centering on new arms deals, nuclear power plants and bilateral collaboration.
But as he left the Elysee Palace, thousands of demonstrators staged a protest against Mr. Bhutto's visit.
Mr. Bhutto arrived in the French capital on Monday (20 October) and immediately started a first round of talks with Prime Minister Jacques Chirac.
Pakistan, one of France's best arms clients, is seeking new credits to finance the purchase of additional French jets and other sophisticated weapons.
French arms credits worth 75 million sterling (US $144 million) granted in 1973 have already been spent to buy Mirage fighter-bombers, four Breguet-Atlantique long-range aircraft for anti-submarine warfare and a whole range of missiles.
France and Pakistan agreed on the need to step up co-operation in the economic, political and military fields after the first round of talks.
When asked whether the talks covered armaments, Mr. Bhutto said: "Our relations are not based on weapons. French weapons are only one small aspect of our relations."
France is anxious to boost trade with Pakistan and regards Mr. Bhutto as the man who successfully steered his country from the critical economic and political crisis which hit Pakistan after the Bangladesh War.
But in Pakistan, the Government doesn't seem to share the same faith in Mr. Bhutto. In the last week, Mr. Bhutto has suffered several blows as top ministers have resigned from his political party.