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Syria / Jackson Trip #82371

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 29, 1983
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(Studio) Jesse Jackson reported leaving for Syria tonight in hopes of negotiating release of captured United States Navy pilot Lieutenant Robert Goodman.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(New York City) Jackson's decision said based on assurance he will meet with President Hafez al-Assad and Goodman. [JACKSON - acknowledges uncertainty; claims moral basis of trip and pols. merge.] [Robert GOODMAN, Senior - explains his stance on trip.] Pol. pros and cons faced by Jackson outlined on screen, discussed. [Marilyn GOODMAN - will give Jackson letter to deliver to son.]
REPORTER: Kenneth Walker

(Los Angeles, California) President Reagan's refusal to answer Jackson's telephone calls discussed; deputy press secretary Larry Speakes quoted on screen. Pvt. and public administration response to Jackson trip considered.
REPORTER: Mike von Fremd

(Studio) Syrian defense minister Moustafa Tlass' claim that Goodman will remain POW until Syria's war with United States ends reported "Nightline" announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

von Fremd, Mike;
Jennings, Peter;
Walker, Kenneth.

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