NBC Evening News for Sunday, May 17, 1981
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(Studio) Continuing conflict in Beirut, Lebanon, between Christian militia and Syrian forces reported; presence of Israeli jets over Lebanon throughout day as Syrian forces are allegedly moving more missiles there noted. Letter rptdly. sent to Syrian President Hafez al Assad from Saudi Arabia's King Khalid discussed; special United States envoy Philip Habib said recing. support from Israeli Knesset, allowing him more time to negotiate settlement.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley
(Tel Aviv, Israel) Habib said allegedly telling Prime Min. Menahem Begin of his failure with Syrian mtgs. prior to departing for Saudi Arabia; details given, films shown. [BEGIN - announces cabinet's confirmation of his agreement with Habib with regard to further negotiating time.] For. Min. Yitzak Shamir's remarks on Israeli television with regard to situation outlined; position of opposition leader Shimon Peres detailed.
REPORTER: Arthur Kent
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