ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 24, 1984
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(Studio) Status of Beirut's latest cease-fire while Lebanese and Syrian officials continue forming new government reported Necessity of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad approving any settlement for Lebanon noted. [ASSAD - (thru translator) discusses Syria-Lebanon interdependence, Syria and Israeli occupation of Lebanon, US-Syria relations, possibility of meeting with President Reagan; denies Syrian involvement in attacks on Marine headquarters in Beirut or United States embassy there; comments on Syrian- Israeli relations] His further remarks on USSR influence in Syria, threats from Iran or Islamic fundamentalism outlined on screen. [ASSAD - (thru translator) recalls tension in Syria during his recent illness; denies poor health at present.] "Closeup" in June announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings