Diplomatic Word Games

"A good meeting" was how a cautious State Department official described the talk between Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Premier Nikolai Tikhonov in New Delhi. In the first high-level meeting between the two nations since President Reagan's White House get-together with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko in Septem ber, the two men conferred for 20 minutes at the Soviet embassy, following Indira Gandhi's funeral. Afterward, Shultz said he had relayed U.S. wishes for a "constructive relationship," while Soviet TV reported that Tikhonov had made a plea for "peaceful co-existence."

The polite language of diploma cy only partly disguised Washington's fury...

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