The Foreign Minister of the new Government in Afghanistan, Shah Mohammed Dost, has had a meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko in Moscow.
SV Afghan Foreign Minister Shah Mohammed Dost and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko embrace after Gromyko welcomes him and other officials
SV Afghan Foreign Minister Shah Dost greeting other Soviet officials
SV Gromyko talking to Shah Dost (2 shots)
GV AND SV Foreign Ministers seated at table with interpreters (6 shots)
GV Building TD to marchers in street
GV Police and demonstrators struggle with barriers (2 shots)
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Background: The Foreign Minister of the new Government in Afghanistan, Shah Mohammed Dost, has had a meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko in Moscow. The official Soviet news agency Tass said Shah Dost was making a stopover on his way to New York.
SYNOPSIS: Tass said that Shah Dost described the meeting as friendly and cordial. The Afghan Foreign Minister .. seen here on the right .. was flying to New York, where he was expected to attend a United Nations Security Council debate on the situation in Afghanistan. The U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim was also rushing back to New York for the debate, which was prompted by international condemnation of the Soviet Union's role in Afghanistan's change of government.
Earlier, Afghanistan's President Babrak Karmal appeared at a news conference in Kabul to thank Moscow for sending troops to his country. In Moscow, Mr Dost said any suggestion that the Soviet Union had acted illegally would amount to interference in his country.
Among the widespread reaction to developments in Afghanistan was a demonstration in Bonn, West Germany, where demonstrators were kept from the Soviet Embassy by a line of police.
And there were also protests in other European cities. In Rome the Italian Communists said the Soviet Union's involvement in Afghanistan violates fundamental principles. But, Communists in France say the events in Afghanistan must not be used as a pretext for a return to the Cold War. The struggles that developed during demonstrations sometimes became violent, with a student killed in Turkey, and attempts to occupy Soviet diplomatic missions in several centres.