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September 28, 1985

CABLE NO. 7346, AMBASSADOR MATSUNAGA TO THE FOREIGN MINISTER, 'PROBLEM OF THE RELEASE OF THE AMERICAN HOSTAGES (JAPAN-SYRIA BILATERAL MEETING)'

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    A telegram from Ambassador to the United States Ambassador Matsunaga informing the Foreign Minister of Japan that the United States expresses gratitude for Japan’s ongoing commitment to the release of the American hostages in Lebanon.
    "Cable No. 7346, Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Japan-Syria Bilateral Meeting)' ," September 28, 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/270640
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Number: R132789

Primary: First Middle East Division

Sent: United States, September 28, 1985, 11:32

Received: MOFA, September 29, 1985, 00:34

To: Foreign Minister      

From: Ambassador Matsunaga

Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Japan-Syria Bilateral Meeting)

No. 7346 Secret Top Urgent Q55FA

Re: United Nations Telegram No. 54

On the 28th, Orita informed Special Assistant to the President Sigur and Acting Assistant Secretary of State Raphel of the part of the meeting between the Japanese and Syrian foreign ministers that had to do with the problem of the American hostages. Both of them repeatedly expressed gratitude for the Government of Japan’s continued efforts. Each said that he would immediately report the information to President Reagan, President’s Assistant McFarlane, and Secretary of State Shultz.

Passed to United Nations (VVVVV) and Syria.  (End)

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