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U.S. and Soviet diplomats will confer in Washington today on Afghanistan, the latest in a series of discussions on regional issues, the State Department said. The United States will be represented by Richard W. Murphy, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs, and the Soviet delegation by Oleg Sokolov, the No. 2 official in the Soviet Embassy, and Yuli Alekseyev, chief of the Mideast department of the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It will be the third such meeting this year.


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