President Bhutto of Pakistan, on a tour of North African countries, said in Rabat on Tuesday that he was requesting Moslem countries there to ask the Soviet Union not to take "any precipitate action" in its decision to recognise Bangla Desh.
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Background: President Bhutto of Pakistan, on a tour of North African countries, said in Rabat on Tuesday that he was requesting Moslem countries there to ask the Soviet Union not to take "any precipitate action" in its decision to recognise Bangla Desh. Visiting countries friendly with the Soviet Union, he said he would explain to them that the Soviet Union's relations with Pakistan should be based on justice.
SYNOPSIS: President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan arrived in Rabat, Morocco, on Tuesday for a six-hour visit during a tour of North African counties.
King Hassan was there to greet President Bhutto, who was on the tour in a bid to prevent the Soviet Union from implementing its decision to recognise Bangladesh -- formerly the Eastern sector of mainly Moslem Pakistan. He explained to reporters that he was asking North African Moslem countries who were friendly with the Soviet Union to ask Moscow "not to take any precipitate action" in recognising Bangladesh, which took its independence with the help of India in a two-week war in December last year.
Later that day, President Bhutto flew on to Algeria, where he was greeted at Algiers Airport by President Houari Boumedienne. There, he told reporters that Pakistan's relations with Algeria -- which had supported it throughout the Bangladesh crisis -- were excellent. President Boumedienne, asked about the significance of President Bhutto's visit, reiterated Algeria's support for Pakistan and its unity.
So far, that Pakistan Government has broken off relations with three Communist countries -- Poland, Bulgaria and Mongolia -- which have recognised Bangladesh. PAUSE TWO SECONDS. President Bhutto was later due to visit Libya, Egypt and Saudi Arabia before returning home via the People's Republic of China.