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August 12, 1985

Cable No. 4138, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador to the United States, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'

Number: 069085-003


Draft Telegram


Drafted:  August 12, 1985


Primary: First Middle East Division Director


To: Ambassador to the United States     

From: Foreign Minister


Problem of the Release of the American Hostages


No. 4138 Secret Urgent (Priority Processing)


(Limited Distribution)


Re: United States Incoming Telegram No. 6080


In regard to the contents of the meetings on this matter that Special Envoy had with the leaders of Iran and Syria, I would like you to report in detail to the United States side at the appropriate level, for prompt passing to President Reagan and Secretary Shultz, the exchanges having to do with the hostage issue in the incoming telegrams to the Ministry from Iran, numbers 1368 and 1373, and those from Syria, numbers 662 and 663. (There are no points that our side particularly should hide from the United States side, so there is no objection to reporting the entire contents of these incoming telegrams related to the hostage issue.) Also, on that occasion, I would like you add that our side intends to be unstinting in cooperating henceforth as much as possible in regard to this matter and, if the United States side has some further requests to make of us, we would like them to communicate those to us without hesitation. (In addition, concerning this matter, the plan is for the Vice Minister to brief Ambassador Mansfield at their lunch meeting on the 22nd.)


Passed to Iran, Syria.

In a telegram to the Ambassador to the United States, the Foreign Minister of Japan instructed the Ambassador to inform the United States on Special Envoy Nakayama’s meetings with the leaders of Syria and Iran about the American hostages held in Lebanon.

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Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, File No. 2017-0631. Translated by Stephen Mercado.


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