Three weeks after taking power in a coup d'etat, Afghanistan's new Government has begun diplomatic missions abroad.
Three weeks after taking power in a coup d'etat, Afghanistan's new Government has begun diplomatic missions abroad. The Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Hafizullah Amir, arrived in Moscow on Thursday (18 May) for talks before travelling on to Cuba.
SYNOPSIS: Since taking power by force on April 27, the People's Democratic Party Government in Afghanistan has stressed that it is independent and non-aligned. But observers claim it is clearly communist and pro-Russian and the Soviet Union was one of the first nations to recognise Afghanistan's new rules. At Moscow airport on Thursday, Mr. Amir was welcomed by deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Kornienko and Mr. Zemskov. Mr. Amir carried a special message for Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev from the new head of the Afghan Government, Mr. Nur Mohammad Tarakki. Mr. Amir met the Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko for brief talks. The official Tass News Agency said later the two had held a "warm and heartfelt conversation" on relations between their two countries. The Soviet Union has denied suggestions it was in any way involved in the coup, in which Soviet-built tanks and aircraft were used. However the new leadership gives the Soviets a possible outlet to the Indian Ocean.