NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 11, 1977
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(Studio) Ambs. Ashraf A. Ghorbal of Egypt, Sahabzada Yaqub-Khan of Pakistan and Ardeshir Zahedi of Iran are heroes of negotiations with Washington, DC terrorists.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Khaalis had asked to talk to someone from Moslem country and Ghorbal had volunteered before being asked; Yaqub-Khan and Zahedi also agreed when asked by State Department Even after mtgs. at B'nai B'rith building, terrorists hadn't Vet agreed to release hostages; Washington, DC police chief Michael Cullinane worked out details with Khaalis. Attorney General Griffin Bell agreed to terms of deal. [BELL - cites reasons for agreement.]
REPORTER: Robert Bazell
(Studio) President Carter has written letters to all 3 ambs. and Secretary of State Vance publicly thanking them. (Live interview with Iran ambassador Zahedi.) Anchor asks how they did it. [ZAHEDI - cites process by which ambs. talked to Khaalis, read from Koran to him and set up trust between 2 sides. Commends work of police chief Cullinane and others from police and State depts.] Anchor asks if ambs. talked of religion during personal meeting with Khaalis. [ZAHEDI - says this happened on telephone. Talks of trying to set up face-to-face meeting; notes visits to police headquarters of Attorney General Griffin Bell and FBI Director Clarence Kelley. Says finally face-to-face meeting seemed best thing to do.] Anchor notes meeting worked; adds own and co-anchor's congratulations to others. President Carter didn't involve self, but was kept informed during talks with British Prime Min. James Callaghan. After talks with Callaghan Carter makes comments.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Carter says White House role was minor and praises police department and FBI. [CARTER - says slow, careful approach was best way to handle situation.]
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger
(Studio) B'nai B'rith president expresses appreciation for 3 ambs.' parts in drama. Film "Mohammad, Messenger of God" to open again Saturday in New York City and later in Los Angeles.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
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