Former Japanese Foreign Minister Mr.
SV Mr. Sonoda, Japanese Special Envoy down steps of aircraft and greeted by Mr. Gonsalves, Indian External Affairs Secretary
SV Official party walks across tarmac
Mr. Sonoda speaking in Japanese to newsman until 34ft, 10.4, 54 secs. Translator speaking in English until 51ft, 15.5 mts, 1.22 then Sonoda speaking in Japanese until 65ft. 19.8 mts, 1.44 Translator speaks.
GV Foreign Ministry building
SV Sonoda greeted by Mr. Rao, Foreign Affairs Minister
SV Photographers take shots as Rao and Sonoda seated together (2 shots)
TRANSLATOR: "Your country and mine, from their own standpoints may have some differences. They may also have differences in diplomatic thought. But we have one common goal between ourselves, this is the peace and prosperity of Asia, and the peace and prosperity of the whole world."
TRANSLATOR: "A frank exchange of views between a major country in the Far East, which is Japan, is I think most significant. And this is the reason for my visit to India."
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Background: Former Japanese Foreign Minister Mr. Sunao Sonoda, who is now the Prime Minister's Special Envoy, has visited India for talks on the Afghanistan crisis. It's part of a twenty-five day, eight-nation tour of the Middle east and South West Asia, aimed at strengthening relations with friendly countries.
SYNOPSIS: Although his talks with India were not regarded as urgent, Mr. Sonoda's arrival in New Delhi was still important for both countries. As he left his aircraft, he was greeted by Mr. Eric Gonsalves, the External Affairs Secretary.
When Mr. Sonoda's met newsmen he spoke of his country's ties with India, and the whole Indian sub-continent.
Japan is using ita main foreign policy instrument - its economic wealth - to support both Pakistan and India, following the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. It's understood the Japanese Government will provide aid worth thirty two billion Yen for supplies and medicines. Through a translator, Mr. Sonoda told pressmen peace was of prime importance.
The Soviet News Agency Tass claimed Mr. Sonoda's visit was aimed at exerting economic pressure, to push India into closer military co-operation with the United States. The Special Envoy simply said the talks were "significant".
Later in the day, Mr. Sonoda opened talks with the Indian Government, when he called on Foreign Minister, Mr. Rao. They discussed how best Indian and Japan was indispensable, as was the help of India and Pakistan.