Asia: Talk in Tashkent

Mayors everywhere are expected to be boosters, and Tashkent's Hunuddin Asamov is no exception. Last week he was busy extolling the tourist virtues of his ancient city in Soviet Central Asia to a pair of wary travelers: Pakistan's President Mohammed Ayub Khan and India's Prime Minister Lai Bahadur Shastri. "We have planted parks and gardens, over 2,000,000 trees, 1,500,000 shrubs and 80 million flowers," wrote Asamov in an open letter. "Moreover, we Uzbeks have a saying: If two neighbors have an argument, go to the third, and you will always achieve peace."


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