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Faisal Assassinated #239195

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 25, 1975
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(Studio) Saudi Arabia's King Faisal assassinated by mentally deranged nephew. Assassin shot Faisal as leader participated in holy Moslem ceremony.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saudi Arabia) In 1938, 1st barrel of oil produced in Saudi Arabia; country now has world's largest reserves. By end of century Saudi Arabia's financial reserves to total $100 billion. King Faisal had ambitious view of cntry.'s future. Faisal's character discussed. Crown Prince Khaled now becomes king, but will be removed if he's not up to job. Saudi Arabia almost certain to remain pro-American and violently anti-Israel. [In last interview with West world on Mar. 22, 1975, FAISAL - says he wants Saudi Arabia to be source of light and peace for rest of world in future. Hopes modern technology can be combined with established traditions.]
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

(Studio) 30 year old Prince Faisal Bin Musad Bin Abdel Aziz identified as King Faisal's assassin; graduate of University of Colorado. Prince Faisal arrested 6 years ago in Colorado for conspiring to sell LSD. Assassination may have been revenge killing; details given. White House announces Vice President Nelson Rockefeller to fly to Saudi Arabia with personal message from President Ford on Faisal's death. Earlier, President and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger react to King Faisal's death.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Kissinger appears before House committee to discuss collapse of peace negotiations between Israel and Egypt and Faisal's murder. Kissinger believes real power behind new king lies with Prince Fahd Ibn Abdel Aziz. [KISSINGER - says King Faisal good friend of United States and force for moderation in Mid. E. Expresses sorrow over tragic event.] [Senior Vice President Arab American Oil Company Joseph JOHNSTON - doesn't expect Saudi Arabia's oil policy to change.] [Former Commerce Secretary Peter PETERSON - expects good deal of stability in situation.] Sense of controlled anxiety exists here.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Kuwait, Arab for mins. conf., OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) meeting react to Faisal's death with respect; details given. Israeli officials withhold immediate comment. Israel's ambassador to United States doesn't believe Faisal's assassination to interfere with future United States peace efforts. CBS to carry special on Faisal assassination at 11:30 p.m. EDT.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
McLaughlin, Bill

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