The government has appealed to the United States and other western countries to reopen their embassies, saying the country has not become a "bloodbath" after the Soviet withdrawal as had been feared.

A Foreign Ministry statement containing the appeal was read to foreign reporters on Wednesday. Ministry spokesman Mohammed Nabi Amani said it would be delivered to the United Nations.The United States and 11 other western nations closed their embassies in January and February as the Red Army completed its withdrawal after nine years of helping the Marxist Kabul regime fight U.S.-supported Moslem guerrillas.