Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982

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Author: Ronald W. Reagan  | Date: November 11, 1982

Remarks to Reporters Announcing the Appointment of Ambassador
Philip C. Habib as the President’s Special Representative for the Middle East
November 11, 1982

The President. I’ll be answering your questions tonight, of course. But I want you to know here that I’ve asked Ambassador Habib to be my representative in theMiddle East and take charge there. Ambassadors Fairbanks and Draper will continue to serve under him as we continue on the Middle East policy. And he’s going to be in charge of that as well as the continued pursuit of overall peace in the Middle East and—as well as stabilizing the situation in Lebanon, and he has agreed to do that.

Q. Is it because everything is stalemated there that they need the big man to go back?

The President. Well, let’s just say it’s always worked better when he’s there.

Ambassador Habib. The President asked me to take a few questions in the other room—

Q. Where specifically will Mr. Habib return? Where specifically will Mr. Habib go to?

Ambassador Habib. I’m going to take your questions in the next room, so why don’t I take care of it that way?

NOTE: The President spoke at 1:31 p.m. in the Oval Office at the White House following a meeting with Ambassador Habib, Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs William P Clark, and other administration officials.

On the same day, the Office of the Press Secretary released the following information:

The President today appointed Ambassador Philip C. Habib as his Special Representative for the Middle East. Ambassador Habib will assume responsibility for the President’s Middle East peace initiative. He will be assisted in this task by Ambassador Richard Fairbanks. Also in this capacity, Ambassador Habib will retain responsibility for coordinating the United States role in the negotiations concerning Lebanon, now being carried out by Ambassador Morris Draper.

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Chicago: Ronald W. Reagan, "Remarks to Reporters Announcing the Appointment of Ambassador Philip C. Habib as the President’s Special Representative for the Middle East," Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655 1449. Original Sources, accessed August 8, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4VD2BJVGBJSF82F.

MLA: Reagan, Ronald W. "Remarks to Reporters Announcing the Appointment of Ambassador Philip C. Habib as the President’s Special Representative for the Middle East." Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655, page 1449. Original Sources. 8 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4VD2BJVGBJSF82F.

Harvard: Reagan, RW, 'Remarks to Reporters Announcing the Appointment of Ambassador Philip C. Habib as the President’s Special Representative for the Middle East' in Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655, pp.1449. Original Sources, retrieved 8 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4VD2BJVGBJSF82F.