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Mideast Developments / Peace Talks #503051

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 27, 1979
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(Studio) Israeli Prime Min. Menahem Begin's rejection of President Carter's invitation to attend Mideast peace summit noted. Carter's telephone call to Begin reported; invitation given then stated to be for Begin-Carter talks. Begin's planned arrival on Thursday mentioned. Carter's indications that peace talks may be in danger of collapsing cited.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Carter's plan for talks with Begin noted worked out after Begin refused invitation to summit with Egyptian prime minister [CARTER - comments on need for continued peace efforts. Mentions telephone calls to Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Begin's acceptance of invitation to DC mtg.] Congress leaders reported to general support Carter. [Senator Henry JACKSON - thinks mistake was made in asking Begin to summit but not Sadat.] Israeli claims that Egyptians hardened positions during foreign mins. conf. last week and United States disagreement with this stated. Begin-Carter talks said probably scheduled for Camp David.
REPORTER: John Dancy

(Studio) Reports on Israeli actions and Egyptian reactions.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Jerusalem, Israel) Israeli cabinet reported to have voted for rejection of summit invitation after hearing foreign minister Moshe Dayan's report-. from his mtg. at Camp David. Dayan and defense minister Ezer Weizman noted to be only 2 mins. approving summit. [BEGIN - says discussions at foreign mins. conf. changed meaning and nullified agreements made in September, 1978.] Israeli view of situation stated.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

(Cairo, Egypt) Cairo newspapers reported to quote Prime Min. Mustafa Khalil as saying agreement had been reached at Camp David and Israeli approval was all that was needed. Khalil's denial of this upon arrival back in Egypt noted. [KHALIL - never said agreement has been reached; thinks there has been real progress.] Egyptian reaction to Israeli reports of no progress detailed. Official's comment that President Carter must now get Israelis to go along with proposals stated.
REPORTER: David Burrington

Brinkley, David;
Brown, Hilary;
Burrington, David;
Chancellor, John;
Dancy, John

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