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Mideast Developments #55076

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 07, 1978
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(Studio) Update on situation in Beirut, where Syrian forces and Christian militia have been fighting. Reports noted that Syria has put forces on war footing after Israeli warning against continued Syrian shelling of Christian positions.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Israel) Details given about Israeli build-up of troops along Lebanese border and Israeli concerns about Syrian-dominated Lebanon. Build-up contrasted to that prior to Israeli battle against PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) bases in south Lebanon. Concerns about potential for Syrian troops to outflank Golan Heights and possibly take seaport of Haifa described.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) State Department comment on situation in Lebanon and on possible United States action given. Arrivals in Vienna of Egyptian President Sadat and Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres for talks on Mideast peace reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Vienna, Austria) Plans for Sadat-Peres meeting in Vienna detailed; comments from both given. Apparent hopes by some Egyptian officials that indication will be given that peace might be more possible if someone other than Prime Min. Begin was leader of Israel noted. Sadat's greeting by Austrian President Rudolf Kirchschlaeger upon arrival mentioned; arrangements for meeting with Peres by Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky reported Discussions to include issues of west bank, Gaza and Palestinians. Peres' statements cited.
REPORTER: Doreen Kays

Kays, Doreen;
Reasoner, Harry;
Seamans, Bill

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