U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower's 175th press conference in Washington DC, United States. Several correspondents from different nations arrive for the President's 175th press conference. Men prepare cameras mounted on tripod stands at the back of a hall. President Eisenhower with an official walks past the newsmen seated in the hall. The President makes an announcement of his two and a half weeks' trip starting from December 4, 1959. The newsmen taking notes. The President says that he would be visiting nine countries and would be making brief informal visits to Rome, Ankara, Karachi, Kabul and would be in New Delhi for the inauguration of the American Exhibit at the World Agricultural Fair on December 11. He says he will visit Tehran and Athens on his way to Paris for the Western Summit meeting. He gives details of the 3 main days. December 4 - when they would be developing legislative program for the coming year, December 11 - the beginning of the World Agricultural Fair, and December 19 - when he would be in Paris for a meeting. A newsman asks the President the purpose of this extensive visit. The President states the importance and need of being the first U.S. President to make an extensive visit to a strategic continent like Asia. He expresses his interest in visiting India and millions of people who are struggling to raise their standard of living. He says that he will visit Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and other nations on the way. The President further says that he hopes to build in that region of Asia and in many other parts, a better understanding of the United States. A correspondent asks the President whether Mrs. Eisenhower and his family members would be joining him for the visit. The President says that some of his family members would be joining him but may be not his wife.
Mohammed Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan leaves his palace with cavalry marching behind him, for the celebration of Eid. King Mohammed Zahir Shah and Prime Minister Daud Khan are welcomed by officials of the Cabinet and Parliament. The King and his Party proceed to the mosque. People gather to recall in their prayers. The Islamic crowd bows down to pray. Soldiers and people pay homage to their king by saluting and raising the flags. After prayer King Zahir Shah leaves in his car for the palace. Afghans embrace each other to mark the celebration of Eid. Children take a ride on a rustic hand-operated ferris wheel.
Children take a ride on a merry-go-round during Eid celebration in Afghanistan. Group of people feast under a walnut tree. Cooks prepare barbecue on live charcoal. Musicians play 'Harmonium' and 'Tabla' . Afghani people dance as onlookers clap and cheer. Afghans take a leisure walk in the park. The Public Works Band in the park plays 'Gaiety in the Air' .
Correspondent and host Harry Ellis in Washington DC broadcasts a bulletin about the refugee situation in Afghanistan. Soviet aircraft bombs on Afghanistan territory. Soviet helicopter MI-24 flies overhead. Situation in Afghanistan forces its people to leave their country. Afghan refugees camped on land in Pakistan. Doctor checks the Afghan patients. Epitaphs of Afghanis who could not survive. Afghan Refugees work in Pakistan. Afghan laborer breaks stones and another laborer fills grain into containers and then into sacks. Afghan Aid Medical Clinic where volunteer doctors give free treatment to Afghan Refugees. Doctor and nurses attend to the patients. Afghan Refugees camped in Afghanistan. Man watches over a grazing herd of sheep. Young Afghani children at a village school in Afghanistan.
A film titled 'Afghanistan a progressive country' about the life of people in Afghanistan. Silhouetted camels at dusk. A map depicts the location of Afghanistan. An aircraft in flight. The map depicts the location of Afghanistan close to China. A man looks at a map of Afghanistan. Mountainous country side and rugged hills. Snow covered Hindukush Mountains. A herd of camels on the move. Ruins of an ancient city. A ruined statue of Buddha.
A film about the life of people in Afghanistan. Nomads on the move. Native men play musical instruments and sing as others dance. An old bearded man stands. King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan talks to a man. Views of palaces and mountains in Afghanistan.