§ Mr. Wareing
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement of his recent visit to India.
§ Sir Geoffrey Howe
I visited India from 31 March to 2 April at the invitation of the Indian Minister for External Affairs. As well as my host, Mr. Bhagat, I also met the Indian President Giani Zail Singh, the Prime Minister, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, members of his Government and leading figures in various walks of Indian public life. Our discussions covered the full range of international and bilateral subjects; in particular our joint recognition of the need to deal severely with terrorism and to control international trafficking in narcotics. I reaffirmed our determination to continue to support India's economy and development through our aid program, and our desire to maintain and develop our commercial relationship.