ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 23, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan 's attack on Muammar el-Kadhafi and appeal to other Arab countries to back his fight on Libyan-sponsored terrorism examined. [REAGAN - sees no conflict between United States and Arab world; cites Afghanistan as example] [Arab League ambassador Clovis MAKSOUD - thinks President's attempt to divide Arab states is exercise in futility.] [National Association of Arab Americans spokesperson David SADD - agrees; explains.] Reagan's explanation for not forcing United States oil companies out of Libya quoted on screen. [REAGAN - remains committed to war on Libyan terrorism; threatens another attack.]
(DC: John McWethy) Secretary of State George Shultz reported feeling Kadhafi is more dangerous now than prior to United States raid; his concern as well that Kadhafi may seek personal revenge against members of Reagan's family in retaliation for wounding of his sons and death of daughter in United States attack noted. Nancy Reagan said proceeding with planned Asian trip. Efforts of West Europeans to leave Libya discussed; ambassador Vernon Walters quoted on screen regarding indictment of Americans currently in Libya when they return to US.
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