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Lebanon / French Hostages / France-Iran Deal #115985

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 05, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Paris, France: Pierre Salinger) Deal by France to win release of hostages Marcel Carton, Marcel Fontaine and Jean-Paul Kauffmann from Lebanon reported; details given, scenes shown of hostages returning home. Apparent death of hostage Michel Seurat noted. [Released hostage KAUFFMANN - (thru translator) talks about Seurat.] Premier Jacques Chirac reported thanking Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and Lebanese military for its help. Role of Iranian Manucher Ghorbanifar, who was also involved in arms for hostages in Iran deal, as intermediary for France with Iranian officials Hussein Moussavi- Khamenei and Ahmad Khomeini, son of Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, outlined. Tenets of France-Iran deal outlined on screen.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Response of Great Britain's Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher and other British officials, such as Labor party's David Owen, to French deal detailed. Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Response of Reagan administration to French deal noted. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - says concessions encourage future kidnappings.] Carton reported stating he shared cell with American hostage Terry Anderson. [Anderson's sister Peggy SAY - comments on United States approach to hostages.] Status of US-Iran relations since Apr. 18 battle between Iranian and US navies noted; anticipation that Iranian terrorists will retaliate explained.

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Salinger, Pierre

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