This is a telegram from Ambassador Matsunage of Japan to the Foreign Minister of Japan about the Ambassador’s correspondence with the United States . The President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs McFarlane expressed gratitude for the Japanese government’s help regarding the release of the American hostages in Lebanon.
August 6, 1985
Cable No. 5954, Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'
Primary: Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau Director-General
Sent: United States, August 06, 1985, 23:48
Received: MOFA, August 07, 1985, 12:50
To: The Foreign Minister
From: Ambassador Matsunaga
Problem of the Release of the American Hostages
No. 5954 Secret Urgent (Priority Processing)
Re: Your Telegram, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau Director-General’s Telegram No. 3965
1. On the 5th, in a telephone call to President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs McFarlane, I conveyed to him the points in your initial telegram and requested that he communicate them to President Reagan. The President’s Assistant then said the following:
“Thank you for the information. I highly appraise the Government of Japan’s swiftly taking measures and would like to express my profound gratitude. I will report this immediately to the President.”
2. On the 6th, visiting Secretary Shultz for another matter, I reported the same information to him. The Secretary then said the following:
“Thank you for the information. I highly appraise the efforts of the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, and the Government of Japan at the time of the TWA hostage incident. I hope for the present efforts to succeed. I firmly believe that the accumulation of such efforts on the part of the Government of Japan will contribute to the resolution of the situation.” (End)
A telegram from Japanese Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister regarding communication between Japan and the United States about the American hostages in Lebanon.
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