The Iraqi Vice-Premier, Mr.
GV Plane taxiing at Palam Airport, New Delhi
SV Airport terminal
SV Mr. Tariq Aziz, Iraqi Vice-Premier, greeted by the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Mr. P.V. Narasimha Rao, and receiving flowers.
SV Reporters taking notes
SV Mr. Tariq Aziz speaking
TRANSCRIPT: AZIZ: (SEQ 9) "Well, actually, Iraqi has always taken peace initiatives from the beginning of the conflict and this still stands firm. We have always expressed our sincere willingness to reach an end to this war and to reach an equal just settlement between Iraq and our neighbour".
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Background: The Iraqi Vice-Premier, Mr. Tariq Aziz, arrived in India on Tuesday (9 February) for talks on the Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers Conference scheduled for Baghdad in September. He was greeted at Delhi's Palam airport by the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Mr. P.V. Narasimha Rao. Mr. Aziz, visiting India as a special envoy of President Saddam Hussein, has said he hopes Iran will attend the conference. The two countries have been at war for more than a year. He told reporters at the airport that Iraq sought an end to the 16-month war, along their border. The former Iranian Prime Minister, Ayatollah Mahadavi Kani, who is also visiting India, told Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, last week that Iran would not attend the meeting unless the venue was changed. India, which played host to the non-aligned conference in February last year, is playing a major role in discussions leading up to the Baghdad conference.