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(Studio) President Reagan reported replacing United States Mideast envoy Philip Habib, shifting control of Mideast foreign policy from State Department to White House
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Reagan said replacing Habib with deputy national security adviser Robert McFarlane following conference with Lebanese President Amin Gemayel. [REAGAN - claims he and Gemayel agree on course of action.] Syria's refusal to deal with Habib recalled; discussed. [McFARLANE - anticipates new round of negotiations with Syria.] Current status of troop withdrawal issue in Lebanon and Lebanon's response to Israel's recent announcement of troop redeployment in region outlined.
REPORTER: Bill Plante
(DC) Implications of McFarlane retaining his position on national security cncl. for national security adviser William Clark's status with President considered; apparent lessening of Secretary of State George Shultz's influence said also implied by President's appointment of Henry Kissinger to chair Central America commission State Department `s official and unofficial reaction outlined.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
- Plante, Bill;
- Rather, Dan;
- Schieffer, Bob
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