The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Morarji Desai, will arrive in London on Tuesday (6?
GV PAN EEC Commission headquarters building in Brussels
SV PAN Indian Prime Minister Mr. Morarji Desai and Mr. Roy Jenkins, EEC Commission President, walking into building
SV PAN Photographers and newsmen
SV PAN Jenkins and Desai pose for photographers, shake hands and walk away
Mr. Desai said plans for technological cooperation with the EEC included pooling expertise to find ways of using the sun's energy. Pollution-free solar power offered India considerable benefits, he noted, but only if ways could be found for collecting and storing it. On Wednesday (7 June) while in London Mr. Desai will visit Southall, a West London suburb with a high proportion of Indian immigrants, mostly from the north-west state of Punjab. Community leaders in Southall say they attach great symbolic significance to the Prime Minister's visit to this ares, the scene two years ago of a serious outbreak of racial violence. He will also meet Conservative Opposition leader, Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, who made immigration from the Indian sub-continent a hot political issue in Britain two months ago by promising tighter controls under a future Conservative government.
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Background: The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Morarji Desai, will arrive in London on Tuesday (6 June) for talks on disarmament, bilateral trade and international economic issues with the British Prime Minister, Mr. James Callaghan. Mr. Desai in on a 10-day tour of Belgium, Britain and the United States where he is due to address a special United Nations session on disarmament next week. On Monday (5 June) he visited European Economic Community (EEC) leaders in Brussels.
SYNOPSIS: At the EEC Commission headquarters in Brussels Mr. Desai was met by the President of the Commission Mr. Roy Jenkins. Mr. Desai later described the meeting as "very fruitful". He said the purpose of his two-day visit to Belgium was to increase mutual trust and goodwill rather than walk about specific issues.
The 82-year-old Prime Minister said talks would get underway soon on renewing the EEC-India commercial cooperation agreement, due to expire in April next year. He said India would be looking for improved access to the EEC market in some areas, like textiles. India is the third largest beneficiary of the Communist's generalised system of preferences and Mr. Desai said the two sides would be discussing what improvements could be made. India had a 270-million Dollar trade surplus with the EEC last year.