A telegram from Japanese Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister regarding communication between Japan and the United States about 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: 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, I made a telephone call to President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs McFarlane. I conveyed to him the points in your initial telegram and asked that he deliver them to President Reagan. President’s Assistant McFarlane said the following:
“Thank you for the information. We highly appreciate the Government of Japan for promptly taking measures, and I would like to express our deep gratitude. I will report this immediately to the President.”
2. On the 6th, while paying a call on Secretary Shultz for another matter, I gave him a similar report. The Secretary said the following:
“Thank you for the information. I highly appreciate the efforts of the Prime Minister, your Minister, and the Government of Japan at the time of the TWA hostage incident and hope that the present efforts will be successful. I firmly believe that the accumulation of such efforts by the Government of Japan will contribute to the resolution of this situation.” (End)
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.
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