Afghanistan's Foreign Minister, Shah Mohammad Dost, has been having talks in New York with government ministers from two Islamic countries.
GV ZOOM IN Mosque in Kabul (3 shots)
GV People walking in streets of Kabul (4 shots)
SCU Kabul Mullah Mr Takh Muhammed
SV Street scene in Kabul
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Afghanistan's Foreign Minister, Shah Mohammad Dost, has been having talks in New York with government ministers from two Islamic countries. Islamic countries, which suspended Afghanistan from their organisation last January, do not recognise the Soviet-backed government in Kabul. Radio Kabul said Mr Dost had separate meetings last week (beginning 20 July) with ministers from Syria and Iraq.
SYNOPSIS: In Kabul itself, the mullah of the city's main mosque, Mr Takh Muhammed, has come out in favour of Russian intervention in his country. Interviewed by Soviet Television, the mullah said that before the Russian action, the people of Afghanistan were persecuted, tortured and imprisoned.
Mr Takh Muhammed said that now, however, his countrymen were protected by the law and government of Babrak Karmal. He said there was no tribal or religious persecution and all people were treated equally.