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Mideast / Vance / Arafat and Habash #491703

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 11, 1977
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(Studio) Report on Secretary of State Vance's stop in Jerusalem on trip to Mideast capitals; possibility of other Arab ntns. joining talks cited.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Jerusalem, Israel) Change in United States role in such mtgs. as those now between Vance and Prime Min. Begin noted. Secretary's sightseeing trip to Wailing Wall cited. Question put to Vance concerning United States requests to Israel with regard to Cairo conference stated. [VANCE - says United States is talking with Israel to see what will be most helpful in direct negotiations between Egypt and Israel.] [BEGIN - says all is negotiable, but it will be done in Cairo, Geneva and Jerusalem, not before television cameras.] Expectations that Jordan will join Cairo talks at some point and that Syria will wait for Geneva cited.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) Sadat's charge against PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat with regard to appearance with Dr. George Habash, whom Sadat calls terrorist.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Beirut, Lebanon) Background of Rejection Front headed by Habash and growing ranks since Sadat's Israeli visit. [HABASH - thinks appearance of self and Arafat together is indicative of Palestinian unity.] PLO refusal to take part in negotiations with Israelis noted.

(Studio) Pilots to fly Israeli delegates to Cairo have been POW's in Egypt.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Lord, Bill;
Savitch, Jessica;
Valeriani, Richard

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