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July 30, 1985

CABLE NO. 387, FOREIGN MINISTER TO THE AMBASSADOR [KATO], 'PROBLEM OF THE RELEASE OF THE AMERICAN HOSTAGES (SPECIAL MESSAGE TO FOREIGN MINISTER SHARA)'

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    A telegram from the Japanese Foreign Minister to the Ambassador to Syria regarding the American hostages in Lebanon.
    "Cable No. 387, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador [Kato], 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Special Message to Foreign Minister Shara)'," July 30, 1985, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, File No. 2017-0630. Translated by Stephen Mercado. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/270618
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Number: 064837-002

Draft Telegram

Drafted: July 30, 1985

Primary: Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau Director-General

To: Ambassador to Syria      

From: Foreign Minister

Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Special Message to Foreign Minister Shara)

No. 387 Secret Urgent (Priority Processing)

(Limited Distribution)

Re: Outgoing First Middle East Division Telegram No. 3836 to United States

1. Initial outgoing telegram [TN: probably section] 3’s special message to the Syrian Foreign Minister is as per separate telegram, so I would like to have you communicate it, along with the separate telegram, to the highest level of Syrian senior official possible, then reply by telegram with the result. Passed to the United States. (End)

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