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Middle East / Road to Peace / Egypt Summit / Rice, Abbas Interviews #729923

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 03, 2003
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(Sharm el-Sheikh: Peter Jennings) President Bush's meeting in Egypt with Arab leaders shown; details given from the Arab statements calling for a Palestinian state & an end to violence & terrorism.

(Egypt: Terry Moran) The upbeat mood at this summit meeting on Middle East peace reviewed; scenes shown of the photo op. [BUSH - says we seek true peace; states terror must be opposed & defeated.] [In an unscripted moment, BUSH - says Israel must deal with the settlements.]

(Sharm el-Sheikh: Peter Jennings) The crucial role of US influence in any deal-making in the Middle East noted. [In interview, national security adviser Condoleezza RICE†- says Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said he wants to bring peace to the region by dividing this historic land; says Bush understands Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas has to deliver for the Palestinian people.] [King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa al-KHALIFA†- says the responsibility is not up to the president.] [In interview, ABBAS - {thru translator} says it is important that the American administration accept me in the peace process; comments on his cooperative relationship with Palestinian Authority president Yasir Arafat; states Arafat should not be isolated this way; reiterates we recognize no illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories; believes we can reach a deal with Hamas to stop its military operations.] Israel's gesture of releasing 100 Palestinian prisoners noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Moran, Terry

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