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Ronald Reagan Administration: Exchange With Reporters on Saudi Arms and Peace

(October 29, 1981)

Q. Any additional arms for Israel?

The President. Nothing except the agreements that we've always had with them. Our relationship has not changed at all, and they're still an ally.

Q. Saudi Arabia says it was a victory against Zionism, a defeat for Zionism.

The President. Well, it was a victory for peace in the Middle East.

Q. What about the Saudi peace plan? What are the best parts of that? You mentioned it last night.

The President, Well, I think the most significant part is the fact that they recognize Israel as a nation to be negotiated with.

Q. That recession is deepening, is it not? Those indicators today seemed to suggest it.

The President. I don't know. I'm on my way to a physical check-up, so I can answer his question of how I feel.

Q. Are we going to get an honest report afterwards? I mean, by that, they won't cover up anything, any problem that might develop?

The President. I haven't got any problems.

Q. We hope not. Thank you.

Sources: Public Papers of the President