The Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Dr. Shah Walli arrived in Moscow on Tuesday (7 August)?
The Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Dr. Shah Walli arrived in Moscow on Tuesday (7 August) for a one day visit on his way to Bulgaria. The Soviet Union have supported the leadership of President Noor Mahomet Tarakki and Prime Minister Hafizullah Amin since they led a coup which overthrew former President Daoud in April 1978.
The Afghanistan Foreign Minister arrived at Moscow airport only a day after reports that an attempted army mutiny had been crushed in the capital of Kabul with the aid of Soviet armaments, Dr Walli was greeted by Deputy Soviet Foreign Minister Mr. Zemstov.
Dr. Walli took over the Foreign Affairs portfolio in a recent cabinet shuffle. Prime Minister Hafizulla Amin left the ministry to take over additional defence duties under the guidance of President Noor Mahomet Tarakki. The Soviet Union, concerned by wide-spread opposition to Tarakki's government, has urged the administration to broaden its political base i its struggle to survive.
But according to Reuters News Agency -- the Soviet effort to aid the present Afghanistan government is coming too late, because the people of Afghanistan associate Tarakki with Soviet power, repressive measures and doctrinaire Communist policies. Government forces in Afghanistan are bolstered by an estimated 4,000 advisers from the Soviet Union and have been using up-to-date Soviet military equipment against rebel troops.
President Tarakki signed a treaty with the Soviet Union under which Moscow agreed to help defend its neighbour in the event of 'foreign aggression'. Mr. Tarakki's government has constantly accused Pakistan, Iran, and occasionally China and the United States with aiding internal opposition groups in Afghanistan.