ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 15, 1985
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(Studio) Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak noted demanding public apology from President Reagan for United States capture of Achille Lauro hijackers.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Boise, ID) Failure of President Reagan's new policy aimed at easing tension with Egypt with his comment on Mubarak's demand noted. [REAGAN - doesn't see that United States has anything to apologize for.] His later praise at fund-raiser for Senator Steven Symms of United States Navy airmen who intercepted Egyptian plane cited. [REAGAN - notes skill of pilots in "persuading" Egyptian plane to land.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) State Department's attempt to improve US-Egyptian relations examined. [Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - hopes focus will now shift to Mideast peace process.] [Brookings Institution spokesperson William QUANDT - thinks Reagan's stance forces Mubarak into his public position due to his own domestic political problems.] Anti- Mubarak and anti-American demonstrations in Egypt and anti-American protests in Sudan reported, shown. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - comments on stability of US-Italy relations] Shultz mentioned meeting with Italian foreign min. Giulio Andreotti in Brussels today. [SHULTZ - disagrees with Andreotti's assessment of United States evidence against escaped terrorist Abbas.] Egypt said asking Italy to help Abbas escape to Yugoslavia out of fear United States would capture him. [REDMAN - notes United States determination to capture Abbas.]
REPORTER: John McWethy