NEW DELHI — The prime minister of pro-Soviet South Yemen flew to Moscow today on the way home to his country, where government army and navy units battled rebellious troops who supported an attempted coup.
Prime Minister Haider abu Bakr Attas said "things now are getting better and under control" in South Yemen, the only Marxist Arab state and a close Soviet ally. The Soviets signed a 20-year friendship pact with South Yemen in 1979.
At a brief meeting with reporters before his departure for the Soviet Union, Attas refused to say how long he would stay in Moscow or whom he would meet there. But the prime minister stressed that he would return to South Yemen after the unscheduled stop.
It was not known where Attas obtained his information about the situation in South Yemen. He met earlier with Soviet Ambassador to India Vassily Rykov and ambassadors of Syria, Algeria, Yemen, Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates.