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Mideast / Carter / Sadat / Cairo Conference / Arabs #249718

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 30, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter's remarks on Mideast peace efforts by Egypt and Israel noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report on Carter's remarks, during press conf., with regard to Mideast. [CARTER - calls Sadat-Begin meeting in Israel historic; talks about United States role in Mideast negotiations.] President's response to questions with regard to separate Egypt-Israeli peace cited. [CARTER - says if it later seems Jordan, Syria and Lebanon don't want peace, alternative to comprehensive settlement may have to be considered, but believes they do want peace.] Reasoning behind delay in administration endorsement of Sadat's initiatives listed.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(DC) Report on shifts in United States Mideast policy. Disagreement between Vice President Mondale and national security adviser Brzezinski with regard to support of Sadat and Egypt-Israel connection, potential effect on Saudi Arabia as oil source for United States and Carter's final decision with regard to United States role detailed. Plans for Cairo conference outlined; lack of cooperation by USSR in recent dvts. cited.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) For. interest in news conference noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Ismailia, Egypt) Report on Sadat's viewing of Carter news conf., via satellite, at retreat in Ismailia and reaction to it. Sadat's comments re: content of Cairo conference and that of Geneva, include issues of occupied land, Palestinians and Arab sovereignty over eastern Jerusalem, reported [SADAT - says American role in any settlement is confirmed again.] USSR 's refusal to come to Cairo conference noted. [SADAT - says when Mideast ntns. agree, they'll not heed USSR or any other power. Talks about possibility that Israelis won't allow him to negotiate comprehensive settlement. Says Carter is statesman.]
REPORTER: John Sheahan

(Studio) Details with regard to Cairo conf., proposed United Nations conference and Israel's rejection of it and Sadat's statement of belief that USSR was behind it, USSR 's formal decline to attend Cairo talks and Romania's indication of sending observers outlined. Arab hard-liners' attempts to get together, in Syria, cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Damascus, Syria) Syria President Assad's meeting with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat, on eve of Tripoli Arab protest summit, and PLO's adoption of resolution to show it's not softening in attitude toward negotiations with Israel detailed. [PLO spokesperson Khalil FAHUME - details resolution.]

(Studio) Iraq's announcement of intention to attend Libya summit noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Lee, Mike;
Schieffer, Bob;
Sheahan, John

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