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August 31, 1984
An N.S.P.G. meeting on 2 subjects—Pakistan & the Middle East. The Soviets have been getting bolder in their & the Afghan border raids aimed at the refugee camps in Pakistan. At the same time India is building up militarily on the Pak. border. Their concern is whether Pakistan is developing nuclear weapons. Pres. Zia looks us in the eye & says he isn’t but he’ll expect help from us if either threat materializes. I favor sending some high level emissaries to both give Zia some additional defense weapons but lean on him to prove once & for all he isn’t making a bomb. As for Russia & the whole middle East I believe we should make it plain by our presence in the Persian gulf & all that the Soviets might be risking war with us if they get grabby & tried moving in.
Met with Katherine McDonald—widow of the Congressman who died on this day 1 yr. ago in the KAL-007 shoot down of that passenger plane.
George S., Bud & I met on Israels ec. problems—they are horrendous due to their extended mil. deployment. We want to help but they’ll have to demonstrate some willingness to help themselves. Peres will be P.M. for 21⁄2 yrs. now & Shamir will be Foreign Minister. In East Room addressed the Catholic Golden Age Society Chapter Presidents.