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Lebanon / Weir Released #545945

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 18, 1985
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(Studio) President Reagan reported announcing release of Reverend Benjamin Weir by Lebanese captors; number Americans remaining hostage there mentioned.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) [REAGAN - announces Weir's freedom.] Circumstances surrounding Weir's abduction reviewed; possible relationship between his release and Israel's recent release of remaining Shiite prisoners noted. [White House spokesperson Edward DJEREJIAN - thinks Israeli move improved atmosphere.] Apparent negotiations by United States ambassador to Lebanon Reginald Bartholomew described; national sec. adviser Robert McFarlane mentioned only recently learning remaining US hostages were still being held. Possible roles of Iran and Syria in obtaining Weir's freedom mentioned.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Impact of Weir's release on families of other hostages featured; scenes shown. [Lawrence Jenco's sister Mae MIHELICH, David Jacobsen's son Eric JACOBSEN - are optimistic.] [Representative George O'BRIEN - encourages remaining hostages.] Names and lengths of captivity of other hostages listed; photos shown. [State Department spokesperson Bernard KALB - believes all are still alive.] Admin. said believing captives are being held in Bekaa Valley by Pro-Iranian Hizballah terrorists; their demands of Kuwait reviewed. [Arab League ambassador Clovis MAKSOUD - believes situation is coming to a close.] [Terry Anderson's sister Peggy SAY - hopes Weir has information about brother]
REPORTER: Anne Garrels

(Studio) Weir's news conference tomorrow announced.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Garrels, Anne;
Kalb, Marvin

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