CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 17, 1977
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(Studio) White House announces there'll be no sale to Israel of concussion bombs and United States might get rid of them. Announcement comes after Secretary of State Cyrus Vance leaves Israel to go to Cairo, Egypt, for talks with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Cairo, Egypt) Differences in Sadat's greetings of Vance compared to Kissinger greetings noted. Egypt and United States have opposing views with regard to inclusion of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) in Mid. East peace talks. After meeting, Sadat speaks of United States decision not to sell concussion bomb to Israel. [SADAT - says decision is positive step and shows Carter's statesmanship. Cites Egypt's view of peace settlement, include formation of Palestinian state.] Vance also has session with foreign minister Ismail Fahmy, who met with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat only hrs. before.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb
(Israeli-Occupied Territory) Though Israelis not pleased with decision with regard to concussion bombs, more serious controversy exists with United States re: Israeli exploitation of offshore oil in Egyptian-occupied territory along Gulf of Suez, taken in 1967 war. United States State Department's objections noted. Details with regard to oil search noted.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton