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Meese: Reagan Rejected Mubarak’s Call for U.S.-Palestinian Dialogue, JTA, Feb. 8, 1982.

reaganWhite House Counsellor Edwin Meese III said today that President Reagan rejected Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s call for the U.S. to open a dialogue with the Palestinians when Mubarak met with the President here last week.

Appearing on the ABC-TV “This Week With David Brinkley” program, Meese said that Reagan restated the U.S. position that it will not talk to the Palestinians until there is a “clear cut understanding of the right to exist of Israel” by them and they “deplore and give up the use of terrorism.” Although the term Palestinians was used in the interview, the reference was obviously to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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