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Middle East / Arafat Visit / Mattar Interview #406722

CNN Evening News for Monday, Apr 29, 1996
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(Studio: Arthur Kent) Report introduced.

(Washington: Ralph Begleiter) Visit to the United States by PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat at the invitation of President Clinton as a prelude to further negotiations in the Middle East featured; scenes shown. [State Department spokesman Glyn DAVIES, Secretary of State Warren CHRISTOPHER - comment on the visit.] [Israeli Prime Minister Shimon PERES - says Israel will reconstruct southern Lebanon; likens peace to a galloping horse.] Arafat said meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on his way to the US.

(Studio: Jeanne Meserve) The transformation of Arafat discussed with Institution for Palestine Studies director Philip Mattar. [MATTAR - says the invitation shows that Arafat is a key player in the peace process; explains how Arafat gained recognition over a period of several decades; asserts that Arafat has been a pragmatist at least since the 1970s; places Arafat within the Palestinian leadership.]

Begleiter, Ralph;
Kent, Arthur;
Meserve, Jeanne

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