Last August Andrei A. Gromyko, 35, acting head of the Soviet Embassy, was named Soviet Ambassador to the U.S., succeeding Maxim Litvinoff (TIME, Aug. 30). Last week Andrei Gromyko, a modest, bookish comrade, finally got around to the formality of presenting his credentials to Franklin Roosevelt. For this occasion, Ambassador Gromyko, an able diplomatic chef, dished up some minute cuts of political meat, skillfully smothered in diplomatic parsley.

The Parsley. Said the new Soviet Ambassador: The people of the Soviet Union feel "friendship and deep respect" for the U.S. people, are grateful for "receiving from the friendly American people...

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