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August 05, 1985

PROBLEM OF THE RELEASE OF THE AMERICAN HOSTAGES (MAIN POINTS OF REMARKS)

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    A document summarizing the main points of remarks regarding Japan’s attempt to persuade Syria and Iran to assist in the release of the American hostages held in Lebanon.
    "Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Main Points of Remarks) ," August 05, 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/280675
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Problem of the Release of the American Hostages

(Main Points of Remarks)

1.  The great efforts that your country made for the release of the hostages in the TWA incident and the utmost effort that your country is making now for the release of the seven American hostages held in Lebanon are truly encouraging.

Our country’s government and people have a great concern for these incidents and highly appreciate your country’s realistic and responsible attitude.

2. Our country, the same as yours, strongly opposes terrorism and keeps always in mind from a humanitarian point of view the resolution of this hostage problem as soon as possible.

3. Prime Minister Nakasone, too, having received Minister Abe’s report, is fully aware that there are many difficult problems in the release of the foreign hostages in Lebanon, including the seven Americans. He looks forward to your country’s humanitarian efforts for the release of the hostages bearing fruit as soon as possible and sincerely hopes for your country to continue making its utmost effort. He would be grateful if you would let us know henceforth as well of information related to prospects for their release and other matters.

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