HC Deb 13 March 1986 vol 93 cc545-6W
Mr. Ron Brown

asked the Prime Minister if Her Majesty's Government will grant permission to Dr. Anahita Ratebzad for a visit to the United Kingdom to publicise Afghanistan's peace proposals; and if she will make a statement.

The Prime Minister

We do not regard the Karmal regime as a legitimate regime. It would not, therefore, be appropriate for Dr. Anahita Ratebzad, as a senior member of that regime, to visit this country. If the Karmal regime were sincere about peace it would open the way to progress in the United Nations negotiations by agreeing to the withdrawal of the 118,000 Soviet troops currently occupying Afghanistan.

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