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NBC Evening News for Saturday, Jul 20, 1991
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Statement from Saudi Arabia that it favors dropping the Arab boycott of Israel if Israel offers concessions and earlier pro-talk support from Egypt and Syria noted.

(In Jidda, Saudi Arabia: John Dancy) Secretary of State James Baker's Middle East peace mission stop in Saudi Arabia featured; scenes shown; details given of support of peace talks by Lebanon, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. [BAKER - says Assad's letter is a positive step; hopes that Israel can be convinced there are Arab states ready for face-to-face talks.] Baker's strategy of building pressure on Israel reiterated.

(Studio: Garrick Utley) Statement from Israeli defense minister Moshe Arens about Syria's apparent change of attitude quoted. The issue of settlements in Israeli-occupied territories mentioned.

Dancy, John;
Utley, Garrick

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