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Sadat Assassination / AWACS<U> #68794

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 07, 1981
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(Studio) President Reagan's decision not to attend funeral of assassinated President Anwar Sadat mentioned; President noted using occasion to push for Senator approval of AWACS sale to Saudi Arabia.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Reason for Reagan's absence from Sadat's funeral explained; his presence at memorial service in National Cathedral along with Vice President George Bush and others noted. Films shown. Warning issued by Secretary of State Alexander Haig against other nations using situation to intervene in Egypt cited. [HAIG - warns others not to use event.] Reagan's remarks to Senators called to White House with regard to AWACS sale outlined; White House photograph shown. Comments of Senator Jeremiah Denton quoted. Senator Alan Simpson said persuaded to change his mind on sale. [Senator John DANFORTH - notes intensity of President's argument regarding AWACS sale.]
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(DC) House For. Affairs Committee vote on AWACS sale examined; position of committee chairperson Representative Clement Zablocki on issue of postponing vote mentioned. Senator Orrin Hatch's reversal of position on issue yesterday recalled. [Senator Gordon HUMPHREY - explains his change of heart.] Senator resolution presented by Senators John Warner and Sam Nunn outlined on screen; results of ABC News Senator survey listed on screen, discussed.
REPORTER: Sander Vanocur

(Studio) Possibility that White House will proceed with AWACS sale despite congress opposition under terms of Arms Export Control Act reported; details given. Senator Robert Packwood mentioned.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Reynolds, Frank;
Serafin, Barry;
Vanocur, Sander

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