French President Francois Mitterrand arrived Wednesday for a four-day visit and said he hoped to resolve differences that have hampered ties with the government of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

"Some problems have arisen, and it is important for me to discuss them with the Indian leader," Mitterrand told reporters after he was greeted by Gandhi and other senior officials at a colorful ceremony at the presidential palace in central New Delhi.Mitterrand did not elaborate on the issues to be covered in two scheduled rounds of discussions with Gandhi.

The two countries reportedly disagree on the reasons for a cooling off of Indo-French ties over the past three years, with India complaining that the terms offered by France on trade deals have been unattractive compared to those given to other nations.