FOREIGN RELATIONS: Mission No. 78

Clutching a snake-headed bamboo cane, a slender, bespectacled Asian in a double-breasted blue suit and a green felt hat arrived in Washington last week; his presence brought to 78 the number of diplomatic missions in the capital. Ourot R. Souvannavong, a 45-year-old jurist, is the first minister to the U.S. from the Oregon-sized, jungle-blanketed kingdom of Laos in French Indo-China.

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