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  • August 12, 1985

    Cable No. 663, Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Meeting of Special Envoy Nakayama and President Assad)'

    A telegram from Japanese Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister summarizing a meeting between Special Envoy Nakayama and President Assad about the relationship between Syria and Japan and the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • August 13, 1985

    Cable No. 6080, Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'

    A telegram from Ambassador Matsunaga requesting to forward the Japan report on Special Envoy Nakayama’s visit to Iran and Syria to the United States.

  • August 15, 1985

    Cable No. 6164, Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'

    A telegram from Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister describing Presidential Assistant McFarlane's response to Special Envoy Nakayama's visit to Iran and Syria.

  • August 16, 1985

    Cable No. 6170, Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'

    A telegram from Ambassador Matsunaga to the Foreign Minister describing President Reagan and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs Raphel's response to briefings about Special Envoy Nakayama's visit to Iran and Syria to discuss the American hostages held in Lebanon.

  • August 17, 1985

    Lunch Meeting of Vice Minister and Ambassador Mansfield (Memo for the Vice Minister); Problem of the American Hostages in Lebanon (Dispatch of the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy)

    A memo summarizing a meeting between the Vice Minister and Ambassador Mansfield about Special Envoy Nakayama's visit to Iran and Syria to discuss the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • August 29, 1985

    Letter, Yoshihiro Nakayama to Hafez al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic

    In a letter to President Assad of Syria, Special Envoy Nakayama writes about the relationship between Japan and Syria and reflects on each country’s mutual concerns, including international terrorism.

  • August 29, 1985

    Letter, Yoshihiro Nakayama to Farouq al-Shara, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic

    In a letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Syria Farouq al-Shara, Special Envoy Nakayama writes about the relationship between Japan and Syria and reflects on each country’s mutual concerns, including international terrorism.

  • September 02, 1985

    Cable, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador to Syria [Kato], 'Special Envoy Nakayama’s Visit to Syria (Letters to Assad, Shara)'

    Attachment to a letter of thanks from Special Envoy Nakayama to President Assad and Foreign Minister Shara for his recent visit to Syria.

  • September 02, 1985

    Letter, Ronald Reagan to Yasuhiro Nakasone

    In a letter to Prime Minister of Japan Nakasone, President Reagan writes about the future of the relationship between Japan and the United States, emphasizing the need to protect liberal trade and ending with an expression of appreciation for Japan’s assistance in the release of the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • September 06, 1985

    Second North America Division, 'President Reagan’s Letter to Prime Minister Nakasone'

    Note describing a letter from President Reagan to Prime Minister Nakasone about the Action Program.

  • September 12, 1985

    Cable No. 759, Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister, 'Office Memorandum'

    A telegram from Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister of Japan arranging a meeting with President Assad of Syria.

  • September 12, 1985

    First Middle East Division Director, 'Main Points of Remarks and Questions and Answers for Special Envoy Nakayama (for President Assad and Foreign Minister Shara)'

    A summary of the main points Special Envoy Nakayama will state in a meeting with Syrian government officials. Nakayama urges Syria to continue advocating for the release of the American hostages in Lebanon, citing the recent release of the Lebanese prisoners in Israel as motivation to continue.

  • September 13, 1985

    Cable No. 469, Foreign Minister to the Ambassador to Syria Kato, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Special Envoy Nakayama’s Visit to Syria)'

    In this telegram the Foreign Minister of Japan instructs Ambassador to Syria Kato to prepare for a second visit regarding the American hostages held in Lebanon from Special Envoy Nakayama.

  • September 15, 1985

    Cable No. 768, Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister, 'Ambassador Nakayama's Visit to Syria'

    In this telegram to the Foreign Minister of Japan, Ambassador to Syria Kato updates the Foreign Minister on Special Envoy Nakyama’s meeting times with Syrian officials.

  • September 15, 1985

    Cable No. 769, Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister, 'Ambassador Nakayama's Visit to Syria'

    A summary of the meeting between Foreign Minister Shara of Syria and Special Envoy Nakayama about the relationship between Japan and Syria and the American hostages in Lebanon. The two discuss how the release of the Lebanese prisoners in Israel influences the situation of the American hostages.

  • September 17, 1985

    Cable No. 771, Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister, 'Ambassador Nakayama's Visit to Syria'

    In this telegram, Ambassador to Syria Kato informs the Foreign Minister of Japan that President Assad of Syria will not be able to meet with Ambassador Nakayama.

  • September 18, 1985

    First Middle East Division, 'Briefing Material for the Prime Minister [Nakasone]: Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'

    This briefing material for the Prime Minister of Japan summarizes Ambassador Nakayama’s meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Shara where Syria resolved to continue assisting in the release of the American hostages in Lebanon and Ambassador to the United States Matsunaga’s conversation with President’s Assistant McFarlane where the United States expressed thanks for Japan’s role in the crisis and discussed the release of one hostage.

  • September 19, 1985

    First Middle East Division, 'Briefing Material for the Prime Minister [Nakasone]: Problem of the Release of the American Hostages (Addendum)'

    These briefing materials inform the Prime Minister and Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan that President Reagan publicly acknowledged the release of Benjamin Weir, an American hostage in Lebanon.

  • September 21, 1985

    Cable No. 785, Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'

    This telegram reports on Ambassador Nakayama’s meetings with Foreign Minister Shara of Syria. The Foreign Minister reported that the Syrian government is dedicated to assist in the release of the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • September 23, 1985

    Cable No. 787, Ambassador Kato to the Foreign Minister, 'Problem of the Release of the American Hostages'

    This telegram from Ambassador to Syria Kato to the Foreign Minister of Japan summarizes a conversation between Japan-Syria Friendship Association President Nakayama and President Assad in which President Assad commits to continuing to assist in the release of the American hostages held in Lebanon.