SOUTHWEST ASIA: Muslim Ministers Blast the U.S.

And softly ask the Soviets to leave Afghanistan

It says something about the conference of Islamic Foreign Ministers in Islamabad last week that one of the more moderate voices heard there was that of Iran's Sadegh Ghotbzadeh. "When we condemn the U.S. for supporting Israel in Palestine and for intervening in Viet Nam," said Ghotbzadeh, who was clearly the star of the six-day meeting, "we should not hesitate for one minute to condemn the Soviet Union for intervening in Afghanistan." Trailed by reporters wherever he went, the tall, dark-haired Iranian Foreign Minister went well beyond rhetorical denunciation of Moscow's "adventurism"...

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