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Venice Economy Summit #110121

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 09, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Venice, Italy: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan's failure at economy summit session here to win allied participation in his Persian Gulf policy examined; details given, scenes shown. President said never personally asking for help. [REAGAN - praises allies.] Pol. statement issued by summit quoted on screen; Secretary of State George Shultz's interpretation of statement noted. [SHULTZ - is pleased.] [Representative Les ASPIN - criticizes administration for not pushing issue.] Reagan said not broaching subject in his summit mtgs. Summit stmt. on US-USSR arms control talks and on terrorism quoted on screen; suggestion that terrorism statement referred to President Reagan's arms sales to Iran mentioned. [Prime Min. Margaret THATCHER - declines comment on her conversations with Reagan.] Source of summit participants' irritation with President Francois Mitterrand explained.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) No. Iranian versus Iraqi attacks on ships in Persian Gulf compared; chief of staff Howard Baker's recent comment about USSR protection of Kuwaiti ships recalled. [SHULTZ - attacks that position; discusses United States policy in Persian Gulf, implications for confrontation with Iran.] Sec. for summit said prohibiting President Reagan from seeing the sights.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter

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