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Lebanon Crisis #71693

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 19, 1981
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(Studio) State Department spokesperson Dean Fischer's reaction to Israeli Prime Min. Menahem Begin's remarks about Saudi Arabians quoted; continued diplomatic efforts of envoy Philip Habib to settle current missile crisis in Lebanon mentioned.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Habib's meeting today with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in search of Israeli-Syrian compromise discussed.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Jerusalem, Israel) Begin said asking cabinet to make decision tomorrow on Habib's achievements so far; details given, films shown. [BEGIN - hopes for success.] Begin said meeting Habib again tomorrow. [HABIB - notes diplomatic efforts continue.] Time pressure on Begin outlined; presence of United States Sixth Fleet in region discussed.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) Syrians reported claiming downing of Israeli reconnaissance plane; denial by Israel mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) White House reported confirming secret meeting between President Reagan and United States director of Saudi Arabia's foreign intelligence, Prince Turki el Faisal re: Syrian-Israeli missile crisis.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Possible Saudi role in crisis discussed; prior to his meeting with Reagan, Turki said meeting with undersecretary state James Buckley and others re: controversial sale of jet fighters and AWACS reconnaissance planes to Saudi Arabia. Details given.
REPORTER: Sander Vanocur

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Seamans, Bill;
Vanocur, Sander
Duration:
00:04:50

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