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Carter / Hussein Visit / Interview #251657

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 26, 1977
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(Studio) president Carter cautions against overoptimism with regard to Mid. East peace conf., after talks with Jordan's King Hussein.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Hussein has previously cautioned against raising hopes on peace too high. [CARTER - says Geneva conference shouldn't be held without strong possibility for achievement prior to meeting Notes all Mid. East leaders he has talked with want to work towards peace this year] Carter and Secretary State Vance talk later. After buildup prior to administration's 1st arms talks with USSR earlier in year and letdown from that, administration seems to be attempting more caution.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Hussein gives interview at Blair House after meeting; President Hussein's views on Mid. East and peace settlement noted. (Interview shown.)

(DC) [HUSSEIN - doesn't know if solution can be reached this year, but with realistic approach to problem, timetable can be worked out.] Reporter asks if there's danger in being too optimistic. [HUSSEIN - is afraid of public getting impression it's easy as going to meeting in Geneva and that means peace agreement; says it will take more time than that.] King says idea of electronic fence around Israel hasn't been brought up. [HUSSEIN - doesn't believe there can be "secure boundaries" in Mid. East and it's hard for others in world to visualize land area there. Notes 1 can see almost all Mid. East capitals when flying over Beirut, and from his house , he can see Jerusalem.] Hussein's comments with regard to Palestinian representative at peace conference noted; says own relations with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat are improving. Reporter asks if King considers Arafat moderate. [HUSSEIN - says he can't judge, future will tell.] Reporter asks with regard to effect of Shimon Peres' election as prime minister of Israel on peace opportunities. [HUSSEIN - notes view that strong man might contribute more to negotiations but it's too early to say.] Reporter asks King's impressions of Carter. [HUSSEIN - cites impressions of president]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Studio) Hussein says issue of CIA payments to him didn't come up and is closed.

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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