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Sadat Visit / Interview #251825

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 06, 1977
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(Studio) Egyptian President Anwar Sadat completes visit with president Carter, during which Mid. East peace is discussed, incling. Israel's borders and role of Palestinians. (TV interview with Sadat shown.) Reporter asks with regard to Carter's response to Sadat plan for Palestinian state consisting of west bank, Gaza Strip and Israeli corridor. [SADAT - says Carter is very alert, but needs time to reflect on discussions; feels Carter will be positive.] Reporter comments that Sadat not sure how Carter will be positive. [SADAT - agrees. Says after private meeting with Carter, he feels they'll deal with ea. other.] Reporter asks if Sadat feels Carter hasn't fully formed United States Mid. East policy. [SADAT - notes Carter's mtgs. with Israeli and Egyptian representatives; says President needs to hear others of area; feels Carter has plans in mind, but is telling them gradually.] Reporter asks if that means Carter's letting Sadat down. [SADAT - says no; likes Carter enormously.] Anchor notes Sadat's requests with regard to more American aid till 1980; asks Sadat why 1980. [SADAT - says there are plans with Amoco to development oil industry to 1 million barrels per day by then and Japanese now make plans to widen and deepen Suez Canal and thus increase tolls there by 1980, so feels by then he can breathe more easily.] Reporter asks with regard to reaction to request for arms aid. [SADAT - says main issue is Mid. East peace and they didn't dwell on arms sale; Carter doesn't refuse, but issue is open and contact will be maintained.] Sadat also comments with regard to talks with Carter with regard to possible USSR and Cuba-backed missions against Sudan and Egypt from Ethiopia or Libya; says he's delivered messages from Sudan President Gaafar Muhammed Nimery , Morocco King Hasaan II and France President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Sadat also expresses concern with regard to renewed fighting in south Lebanon, near Israeli border, between Christians and Palestinians. State Department says quiet but intense United States efforts underway to prevent wider area conflict, possibly involving Israel and Syria.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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