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
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