The Saudi-based Islamic World League yesterday condemned the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan as a bid to wipe out Moslem influence in that Islamic nation and transform it into a "communist base."
"The communist aggression aims at eliminating the Moslem presence in Afghanistan and transforming that country into a communist base capable of threatening the security and stability of neighboring Islamic countries," said Mohammed Ali Harakane, secretary general of the league, in a message from his Riyadh headquarters to Saudi King Khalid.
He called on the people of Afghanistan to "resist and protect Islamic doctrine."
The Associated Press reported from Jerusalem that Prime Minister Menachem Begin told visiting U.S. Congressman Richard Kelly (R. Fla.) that the United States "needs more land forces around the world" to counter Soviet inroads in countries like Afghanistan.
Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, meanwhile, told CBS News that he believed the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan meant that "the battle around the world's oil stores has already begun." He offered bases for American troops to protect the Arab oil states of the Persian Gulf.
Elsewhere, about 1,000 right-wing student demonistrators rallied in Dacca, Banglasdesh to protest the Soviet action.
Sudan and Tunisia joined the Arab oil producers of the Arabian Peninsula -- who had been quick to denounce the Soviet intervention -- in official expressions of concern and disapproval.
The U.S. ambassador to India, Robert F. Goheen, left yesterday for consultations in Washington following angry reaction in New Delhi to the reported lifting of restrictions on American arms sales to Pakistan in the wake of the Soviet intervention.
India, which has fought three wars with Pakistan since 1947, protested that arms would be turned against India.
Meanwhile, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party said there would be no tranquility in an arc stretching from southern Asia to the Horn of Africa as long as the Soviet Union maintains its large military contingent in Afghanistan.
"Afghanistan is geographically most important in West Asia and its strategic position offers the Soviet hegemonists a vintage steppingstone for their southward thrust," the People's Daily said.