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Mideast / Tripoli and Cairo Conferences / Hussein / Sadat / US #249821

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 01, 1977
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(Studio) Report on meeting in Tripoli, Libya, of hardline Arabs, who have been anti-Israel and are now anti-Sadat, also.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tripoli, Libya) Report on conf., hosted by Muammar Kadhafi and attended by Algerian President Houari Boumediene, PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat and Syrian President Hafez Assad, and differing degrees of anti-Sadat feeling among them. Demonstrations in Tripoli described.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell

(Studio) Carter administration's surprise at Assad's presence at conference cited. Contd. fallout from Sadat Israeli visit incls. resignation of Egypt's ambassador to Yugoslavia and Sudan's President Nimeiry's visit to Saudi Arabia, apparently to muster Arab unity. Noncommittal attitudes of Lebanon, still unsettled after civil war, and Jordan noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Amman, Jordan) Report on King Hussein's comments with regard to Sadat actions, at Amman news conf.; remarks include announcement that he won't follow Sadat's steps in going to Israel and with regard to own efforts to get Syria and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) to Geneva. [HUSSEIN - doesn't think there's serious possibility that he'd have reason to go to Israel.] Hussein's intent to remain away from both Cairo and Tripoli confs. cited.

(Studio) Jordan's acceptance of invitation of United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, for post-Cairo, pre-Geneva conf., and Israel's earlier rejection of it noted. According to reporter Richard C. Hottelet, other involved cntries. and USSR expected to accept; Waldheim's views with regard to Israeli rejection stated. White House report that Carter did try to get Sadat to delay call for Cairo conf., and Vice President Mondale's denial of Wednesday's report that he and National Security Adviser Brzezinski disagreed with regard to degree of support for Egypt-Israeli connection noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Lee, Mike;
Tunnell, Doug

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