NBC Evening News for Saturday, May 17, 1980
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(Studio) United Nations Iran Commission member Syrian diplomat Adib Daoudy said returning to Iran to seek end to hostage crisis. His return said at request of UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley
(DC) Separate mtgs. in Europe between Secretary General Waldheim, Iranian foreign min. Sadegh Ghotbzadeh and Secretary of State Edmund Muskie announced. [UN spokesperson Rudolf STAJDUHAR - explains Daoudy's mission to Iran.] Daoudy said going to Tehran after meeting with Waldheim in Europe. Carter administration officials said playing down Daoudy mission as exploratory.
REPORTER: Bill Lynch
(Bangor, ME) Muskie said making speech to Maine Democratic Party convention after daughter graduated from University of ME. [MUSKIE - says it is important not to raise expectations with regard to mission.] Noted that Ghotbzadeh initiative came while West European ntns. were meeting in Naples, Italy, to decide on economy sanctions against Iran, and just before conference of Islamic countries in Pakistan. Confusion of political situation in Iran cited.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani