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Persian Gulf War / Diplomacy / Iraq, USSR / Baghdad #133220

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 18, 1991
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[Bypassed introduction]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Jim Laurie) Talks between President Mikhail Gorbachev and Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz about a plan to end the war featured; scenes shown; speculation given about Soviet plan that would enable President Saddam Hussein to save face. [Gorbachev spokesman Vitaly IGNATENKO - (thru translator) says Soviet position calls for unconditional withdrawal from Kuwait.] [Parliamentary spokesman Arkady MASSLENIKOV - comments on regional issues.] [AZIZ - comments.] Gorbachev's hope of carving out a role for himself in the postwar Middle East noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Soviets said informing President Bush of the plan; scenes shown of Bush returning for meeting with his national security advisers, including Secretary of State James Baker, who had received a cable about the plan from Soviet foreign minister Aleksandr Bessmertnykh.

(State Department: John McWethy) White House reaction to Soviet proposals outlined.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Bill Blakemore) Subdued mood in Baghdad as Iraqis waited for news of Soviet-Iraqi meeting examined; scenes shown from streets of the city to illustrate the conditions there. [Iraqi DOCTOR - comments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Iraqi statistics on allied air raids last night reported. Downing of an Air Force F-16 jet fighter and helicopter rescue of its pilot noted.

Blakemore, Bill;
Jennings, Peter;
Laurie, Jim;
McWethy, John

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