NBC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 23, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson
(DC) Possible United States role in Mideast peace process said indicated by meeting of Jordanian foreign minister Taher Masri and Secretary of State George Shultz; assistant secretary state Richard Murphy mentioned traveling to region soon. [SHULTZ - hopes process can be kept alive.] President Reagan's expressed willingness to meet with joint Jordanian-Palestinian delegation, excluding PLO, recalled. [MASRI - is optimistic.] Jordan's King Hussein and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's negotiating efforts with other Arab leaders such as Iraq's Saddam Hussein noted. Hostility to peace initiative by Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, meeting today with Lebanese President Amin Gemayel, considered. Recent bombings of several Jordanian Airlines ofcs. in Europe thought carried out by Syrian and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) terrorists. [Woodrow Wilson Center spokesperson Rashid KHALIDI - expects situation to deteriorate if United States and Israel don't negotiate.]
REPORTER: Robin Lloyd