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Lebanon Crisis #516868

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 20, 1981
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(Studio) Tension between Syria and Israel over Lebanon said apparently easing today; Prime Min. Menahem Begin's reaction to Syrian President Assad's statement mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Damascus, Syria) President Hafez al-Assad's position on Syrian missiles in Lebanon and Israeli demands outlined. [ASSAD - (thru translator) doesn't anticipate war.] His assessment of special envoy Philip Habib's efforts noted. Films shown.
REPORTER: Steve Mallory

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Jerusalem, Israel) Habib's apparent success in temporarily diffusing the missile crisis discussed; films shown. Begin's concession that Saudi Arabia has helped situation noted. [BEGIN - comments on today's statement by Assad.] Israel and United States said agreeing on need for balance of power between Israel and Syria; details given.
REPORTER: Arthur Kent

Chancellor, John;
Kent, Arthur;
Mallory, Steve

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