Gandhi issues appeals to Iran, Iraq, US, USSR
New Delhi — Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi opened the seventh summit meeting of nonaligned nations by appealing to Iran and Iraq to end their 30-month war and urged the Soviet Union and the United States to renounce the use of nuclear weapons.
India's leadership role in the 101-member movement was seen as a turning point from the pro-Soviet stance taken by Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 1979. Two leaders attending the summit - King Hussein of Jordan and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt - made news of their own. They had a two-hour meeting on Middle East topics, an Egyptian official said, the first time an Egyptian president has held discussions with any Arab leader who opposed the signing of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty in 1979.