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Mideast Developments / United States Military Presence / Peace Talks #262303

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 26, 1979
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(Studio) Criticism of Carter administration inaction with regard to Iran turmoil, from United States allies in area, noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report on United States consideration of increase military presence in Mideast, now that Iran is no longer strongly pro-W. Details given, include possible F-15 flights over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, changes in naval presence in Arabian Sea and Persian Gulf, and use of naval base at Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean and of port of Al Masira off coast of Oman. [State Department spokesperson Hodding CARTER - comments.]
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) President Carter's suggestion of another Mideast summit noted. Questions with regard to representative of Egypt by Prime Min. Mustafa Khalil instead of President Anwar Sadat and whether Israeli Prime Min. Menahem Begin will participate without Sadat given.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Alexandria, Egypt) Sadat's refusal to answer reporters' questions about summit noted. Views of those close to Sadat with regard to why he doesn't want to go to summit detailed; strategy behind Khalil's representative of Egypt opposite Begin's of Israel outlined. Issue of linkage between treaty and Palestinian autonomy on west bank and Gaza strip discussed. President Carter mentioned.
REPORTER: Bert Quint

(Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel) Israeli foreign minister Moshe Dayan's plans to recommend that Begin attend summit with Khalil noted. Reasons given. [DAYAN - comments.] Reports of little progress at last week's Camp David mtgs. stated; ranking members of Begin's political party said to give this as reason to reject invitation. Views of others reported Consensus in Jerusalem with regard to Begin's position in negotiations cited.

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Quint, Bert;
Simon, Bob

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