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Lebanon Hostages #100214

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 04, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane reported making secret trip to Iran in bid to negotiate release of United States hostages in Lebanon, offering Iran military equipment for their help; details given. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North said primary coordinator for White House [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - declines comment on Secretary of State George Shultz's arms embargo against Iran.] Iranian parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani's description of McFarlane's visit outlined on screen, discussed; Ayatollah Khomeini's instructions for United States delegation's treatment and McFarlane's response quoted on screen.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Admin.'s apparent preparations to lift arms embargo to facilitate hostages' release discussed; national security adviser John Poindexter's statement on issue described.

(Studio: Peter Jennings , Sam Donaldson) Possibility David Jacobsen was released in exchange for something considered.

(Wiesbaden, West Germany: Pierre Salinger) Church of England envoy Terry Waite said possibly returning to Beirut to continue negotiating other hostages' release; details given, scenes shown. [WAITE - hopes for positive sign soon regarding Terry Anderson and Thomas Sutherland.] Anderson's and Sutherland's seizures in 1985 recalled. [WAITE - had thought one or the other would be released with Jacobsen.] Jacobsen's reunion with family here noted. [JACOBSEN - recalls last seeing Anderson and Sutherland.]

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Salinger, Pierre

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