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US-Saudi Arabia Relations / AWACS #279351

CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 11, 1981
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(Studio) Incring. congress opposition to sale of AWACS to Saudi Arabia reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Current status of congress opposition, led by Senator Robert Packwood, examined films shown. [National security adviser Richard ALIEN - considers sale in national interest] [PACKWOOD - disagrees.] Letter to Senator Armed Services Committee from Senators John Tower and John Stennis shown, discussed. [General George KEEGAN - warns against giving AWACS to Saudi government] [Former ambassador John WEST - notes alternatives faced by Saudis; mentions Ayatollah Khomeini.] Continued presence of Prime Min. Menahem Begin noted complicating situation for administration; details given. Admin.'s effort to counter Packwood's opposition outlined.
REPORTER: ; Phil Jones

Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan

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