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Mideast Developments / Mondale Trip / Israeli Jet Sale / Lebanon #259008

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 04, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's return to Washington, DC from Camp David vacation to meet with Vice President Mondale noted; Mondale's trip to Egypt and Israel mentioned.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) United States approval of Israeli sale of fighter planes to Taiwan reported; films shown. Mondale's meeting with Prime Min. Begin and efforts to improve US-Israeli relations outlined. Background of Israeli fighter jet sale to Taiwan given; mentioned are US-vetoed sale of planes to Ecuador and Taiwan's request for F-4's from US. Diplomatic advantage to United States of Israeli plane sale to Taiwan, in respect to United States move toward normalization with China, PR, outlined.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall

(Studio) Recent fighting in Beirut, Lebanon, between Syrian troops and Christian rightists reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Beirut, Lebanon) Details given of fighting between rightists and Syrian peacekeeping forces. Beginning of fighting, between 2 rightist factions led by Suleiman Franjieh and Bechir Gemayel, described. Films and photos shown. Phalangist party mentioned. [Lebanese Front spokesperson Camille CHAMOUN - says group is dedicated to fighting Syrian attack to bitter end.] Other details about Syrian presence in Lebanon given.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell

(Studio) United States ambassador to Lebanon Richard Parker's cancellation of July 4th celebration for Americans in Beirut, because of situation in city, noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Duvall, Jed;
Mudd, Roger;
Tunnell, Doug

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