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    INTRODUCTION: The Afghan Foreign Minister, Shah Mohammed Dost, has said it would be premature to ask the Soviet Union to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

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    SV Afghan Foreign Minister Shah Mohammed Dost arriving at airport, greeted by Mr. Bhagwat Jha Azad

    SV Dost and Azad walking to VIP lounge of airport,taking seats for news conference

    SV Newsmen

    SV ZOOM IN TO SCU Dr. Dost speaking to newsmen

    SV Newsmen

    SCU Dr. Dost addressing newsmen


    NEWSMAN (SEQ 3): "You made this offer for talks with Pakistan and Iran and (indistinct). What is the problem? Why have the talks not been held?

    DOST (SEQ 4): "Well, that question should be asked really from the other side, on the part of the Iranians. So far as the concerning us, we from the very beginning, actually, have indicated and have stated on different occasions, there have been I'm sure you know our statements, issued on behalf of the Afghan government -- calling on them both -- Pakistan and Iran -- that we are ready to talk with them, and to sit on a negotiating table with them, and to solve all our problems peacefully. If there is something actually that has not happened, has not taken place, then they should be asked actually why they are not in a position to agree to such a meeting."

    REPORTER (SEQ 5): "When do you think the Soviet troops are going to get out of Afghanistan?"

    DOST (SEQ 6): "Well, that's ... perhaps might keep us there longer. I think we have made the position quite clear on that matter, on many occasions."

    REPORTER: "Has the situation in Afghanistan improved greatly in the past few months? That being so, is there any indication of an early (indistinct)."

    DOST: "Well, you know, it's not simply that matter. As you know, that unfortunately there is still interference has continued, from abroad and our country. And as far as that continues, probably it would be a little bit premature, to ask the Soviets to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan. But we have quite clearly indicated that (indistinct), whenever those interferences and armed aggression against Afghanistan stop, and a viable guarantee is given, then definitely we will ask them to withdraw their troops."

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The Afghan Foreign Minister, Shah Mohammed Dost, has said it would be premature to ask the Soviet Union to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. Mr. Dost said this on Friday (6 February) when he arrived in the Indian capital, New Delhi, for the conference of the foreign ministers from the non-aligned countries. Dr. Dost said the Soviet forces wouldn't be asked to go until armed aggression against his government stopped. Afghanistan is one of three major topics on the conference agenda. The United Nations Secretary General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, was to arrive at the conference on Tuesday (10 February).

    SYNOPSIS: Dr. Dost was greeted at Delhi airport by Mr. Bhagwat Jha Azad on behalf of the Indian government. The conference has a broadly-worded draft declaration on Afghanistan, referring to what it calls the "inadmissibility" of force in international relations, and interference in the affairs of sovereign states. Pakistan has asked the UN to supervise talks involving Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. Dr. Dost had said Afghanistan was prepared to take part.

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