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Mideast Developments / Peace Talks #58246

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 28, 1979
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(Studio) Israeli Prime Min. Menahem Begin's upcoming arrival in Washington, DC for talks with President Carter with regard to peace treaty between Egypt and Israel noted. Differences between Carter and Begin described. President's remarks to nation's govs. on Tuesday night and Begin's today in Israel reported Films shown. [CARTER - says remaining differences are insignificant, but that sense of trust is missing on occasion.] [BEGIN - disagrees with Carter statement.] Israeli state radio report that Carter has told foreign minister Moshe Dayan that United States will reassess Mideast policy if Israel doesn't reach agreement with Egypt in 10 days mentioned; White House denial of this stated. Later Israeli embassy official's denial of story cited.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Secretary of State Cyrus Vance's comments on alleged deadline and on need for speed in getting agreement. [VANCE - recalls no discussion of deadline, but says each delegation agreed that speed is important] Secretary reported to have indicated administration pessimism with regard to success in upcoming Carter-Begin talks; reasons given. Begin said to be coming to Washington, DC without for. minister Moshe Dayan or defense minister Ezer Weizman and to have refused to hold discussions at Camp David; discussions reported scheduled for White House
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Hardening of relationship between Israel and Egypt noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Jerusalem, Israel) Begin's indications that talks with Carter will be difficult reported evidenced by his statement that Egypt has hardened position with regard to treaty. [BEGIN - reports new Egyptian positions; says to accept them would mean war.] Prime Min.'s reasons for refusing to meet with Egyptian Prime Min. Mustafa Khalil and his stated willingness to meet with President Sadat if he comes to Washington, DC noted. Sadat's trip to Jerusalem mentioned.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Alexandria, Egypt) Egyptian mood reported to differ from that of Israelis. [KHALIL - doesn't think treaty will fail if Begin is reasonable enough to study it.] Prime minister's briefing for Sadat and Egyptian Vice President Hosni Mubarak on Camp David meeting noted. Sadat's attitude with regard to situation described. Sources' report that Sadat will go to United States soon stated.
REPORTER: Doreen Kays

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Kays, Doreen;
Reynolds, Frank;
Seamans, Bill

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