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September 27, 1985

SUMMARY OF REMARKS FOR USE IN MEETING OF JAPANESE AND SYRIAN FOREIGN MINISTERS AT THE UNITED NATIONS

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    In the notes for a meeting between Japanese and Syrian Foreign Ministers at the UN, Japan urges Syria to continue assisting in the release of the American hostages and assures Syria they are putting pressure on Israel to release the Lebanese hostages held in Israel.
    "Summary of Remarks for Use in Meeting of Japanese and Syrian Foreign Ministers at the United Nations," September 27, 1985, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, File No. 2017-0631. Translated by Stephen Mercado. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/270639
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Summary of Remarks for Use in Meeting of Japanese and Syrian Foreign Ministers at the United Nations

6. Problem of the Release of the American Hostages

(1) We are grateful for the consideration that you and President Assad showed in August and on the occasion of Special Envoy Nakayama’s visit to your country.

(2) We would like to express our deep respect for the many efforts made by your country for the release of the hostages.

(3) In addition, our country urged Israel, from a humanitarian point of view, to release all the Lebanese prisoners there. Their release took place on the 10th. There is no direct relationship between their release and the problem of the release of the American hostages, but [TN: handwriting illegible] improved the environment for their release.

(4) Both the Government of Japan and I, too, have a strong interest in this matter. We hope henceforth that you and President Assad will work for the prompt release of the remaining hostages. We would appreciate your informing us of developments as they occur.

(5) [TN: section blacked out] appreciate, [TN: section blacked out]  think that [TN: section blacked out]

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