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Suez Canal Reopens #240816

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 05, 1975
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(Studio) 8 years ago, Egypt closed Suez Canal; today canal reopens amidst pageantry and hope for lasting Mid. E. peace.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Port Said, Egypt) Egypt's minute of war General Abdel Ghany el-Gamasy officially turns over control of canal to civilian authority. President Anwar Sadat outlines reasons for reopening canal. Deserted cities along canal being reinhabited and rebuilt. Whole area of canal zone to be made attractive for foreign investment, industry and tourism. Egypt's population growth has outstripped government's ability to provide essential services. Egyptians hope reopening canal to bring better life to their poor country
REPORTER: John Sheahan

(Studio) Question remains with regard to Israeli cargo being allowed to pass through Suez Canal.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Rptdly. at Salzburg, Sadat left impression with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and President Ford that Israeli cargo would be allowed through canal. Egypt, Israel, USSR , United States all stand to gain from reopening of canal; details given.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Egypt wants private assurance made to United States with regard to Israeli cargo to be kept secret. Israel's transport minute remarks Liberian freighter with Israeli-bound cargo heading for canal; another Israeli government official later denies statement.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Sheahan, John

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