ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 10, 1981
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(Studio) Secretary of State Alexander Haig reported leaving today for Bahama summit of foreign secys. from Mexico, Venezuela and Canada; meeting said requested by Reagan admin. due to its concern over economy stability of region.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(DC) Reagan administration's initial policy toward Central and South America recalled based on El Salvador, Fidel Castro and USSR ; details given, films shown. White House reception for Argentina President Jorge Rafael Videla, despite his human rights record, also recalled. Criticism of United States policy's focus on Communism, led by Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo, outlined; Jamaican President Edward Seaga recalled not blaming Cuba for subversion in the Caribbean. Assistant secretary state for the Caribbean, Thomas Enders, discussed; apparent shift in United States policy towards region examined. Ultimate object of United States policy, described as a mini-Marshall Plan, outlined on screen, discussed. Portillo's reaction to plan recalled; Herbert Hoover, John Kennedy's Alliance for Progress and Henry Kissinger's new dialogue mentioned.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore
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