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Faisal Assassinated / Reactions #36379

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 25, 1975
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(Studio) King Faisal of Saudi Arabia assassinated in his palace by his mentally deranged nephew. Nephew rptdly. acted alone and without political motive. Crown Prince Khaled, Faisal's brother, to succeed Faisal. Another younger brother, Prince Fahd Ibn Abdel Aziz, becomes crown prince.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Faisal's life as king and spiritual leader to Moslems recounted; film clips shown. Faisal saw need to balance traditional conservatism with need to modernize; details given. Faisal played major role in Arab unity. Faisal's death and failure to reach agreement between Israel and Egypt may open way for more radical govts. in Arab world. Power more likely to emanate from Crown Prince Fahd rather than King Khaled; Khaled hasn't shown much interest in ruling Saudi Arabia.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) President Ford expresses deep sorrow over death of King Faisal. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller to pay his respects at memorial service in Riyadh tomorrow. Former President Richard Nixon calls Faisal's death an immense loss to US. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger reacts.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) United States intelligence community harbors some suspicions that Faisal's shooting may have been instigated by Arab radicals, according to Kissinger. [KISSINGER - says Faisal good friend of United States and force of moderation in Mid. E.; expresses sorrow over tragic event.] [Israeli amb. Simcha DINITZ - admits Faisal could be considered moderate in Arab world.] Kissinger's appearance on Capitol Hill doesn't deal with Faisal's death, but with failure to reach peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. Kissinger concedes his shuttle diplomacy dead.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Studio) Arab foreign mins. meeting in Cairo to discuss next stage of Mid. E. diplomacy when word of King Faisal's death received Mtg. cut short; further discussions postponed indefinitely. No word on fate of man accused of assassination; court officials say he spent time in mental institution Officials at Colorado Univ. say he was student there from 1967-1971; once pleaded no contest to charges of selling LSD.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Jennings, Peter;
Koppel, Ted;
Smith, Howard K.

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