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Lebanon / Hostage Release #112647

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 03, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Release of hostage Mithileshwar Singh reported; details given, scenes shown of reactions of families of kidnapped American hostages. [Wife of hostage Alann Steen, Virginia Rose STEEN - expresses sadness.] January 1987 kidnapping of Singh, along with Steen, Jesse Turner and Robert Polhill, by Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine reviewed; photos shown. Report introduced.

(New York City: John McWethy) Probable role of Iran in hostage release reported; scenes shown of Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati at UN. [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - denies deal between United States and Iran.] Iran's improved relations with West powers of Great Britain, France, Canada, and Italy noted. United States recalled withdrawing USS Vincennes from Persian Gulf and criticizing Iraq for its use of chemical weapons.

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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