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Middle East / Hostage Situation / Diplomacy, Bush #124019

ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 04, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Damascus, Syria: Jerry King) Offer from Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani to help mediate hostage crisis reported; details given of meeting of Iranian leaders Rafsanjani, Ali Khamenei and hard-liners Ahmed Khomeini and interior minister Ali Akbar Mohtashemi; their demands outlined on screen. Moslem kidnappers' granting of stay of execution for hostage Joseph Cicippio mentioned. Parents of Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid, who was kidnapped by Israel, reported making pleas for son's release; scenes shown. [Cicippio's wife Elaham GHANDOUR - says she hopes all hostages will be freed soon.] Need to find role for Syrians in Lebanon noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) Reaction of President Bush to Rafsanjani's offer reported [BUSH - says he would be pleased by Iran's help.] [State Department spokesperson Margaret TUTWILER - discusses method of negotiations.] [BUSH - says this is a "brutal process;" comments on Cicippio and his family.] President Reagan and ill- fated sale of arms to Iran recalled.

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
King, Jerry

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