ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 02, 1976
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(Studio) 1000's Lebanese go back to work in Beirut. Only banks closed. Truce holds. Syria is prime mover behind cease-fire.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Damascus, Syria) After `73 war, President Hafez al-Assad urged cntry. toward development of national resources. West technology used in rebuilding Syria exports oil; awards off-shore exploration contract to American firm. Dam and power plant on Euphrates River begun by Soviets in 1968; it's cntry's. most prestigious project. Syria could be most self-sufficient Arab state. 30% of foreign trade handled privately. American sales quadrupled; government assistance incrd. Washington, DC to pay for new water system. G.E. railroad engines to replace old coal burners. New construction noted. Skilled manpower short; many professionals forbidden to leave country Econ. health signs good if war can be avoided and political structure loosened.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
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