CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 23, 1981
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(Studio) Reagan administration's efforts to cushion controversy surrounding its decision to sell Saudi Arabia AWACS planes; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Admin. said apparently giving Saudis operational control of AWACS despite opposition from Israeli and United States supporters of Israel; details given. [Conf. of Jewish Orgs. spokesperson Howard SQUADRON - comments on results of meeting with Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Secretary of State Alexander Haig.] [Saudi oil minister Sheik Ahmed YAMANI - claims it's in United States interest to give Saudi Arabia sophisticated instruments.] Possible setback to administration's decision said coming from opinion of former CIA director Stansfield Turner. [TURNER - claims Saudis don't need AWACS.] President Reagan said discussing issue with Senator Howard Baker; details given, White House photograph shown.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint
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