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Achille Lauro Hijacking Aftermath #92601

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 11, 1985
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(Studio) President Reagan's sympathy call to family of Achille Lauro hijacking victim Leon Klinghoffer described.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) [REAGAN - praises United States pilots who captured ship's hijackers; wants justice.] National security adviser Robert McFarlane said questioning Israel's claim that PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat organized hijacking. [REAGAN - claims capture of terrorists was United States plan and not sanctioned by Egyptians or Italians; denies rift in relationship with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.] House mentioned passing resolution praising Reagan's handling of affair. [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - supports President's decision.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Cairo, Egypt) Egypt's response to United States seizure of escaping terrorists examined; scenes shown. [Achille Lauro PASSENGER - comments on leaving.] Concern for Americans' security here due to heightened possibility of reprisals noted; United States ambassador Nicholas Veliotes' meeting with foreign minister Ahmed Esmat Abdel Meguid described. [Egyptian television ANCHOR - announces government's official condemnation of. United States action.] Pol. implications for Mubarak in light of his claim yesterday that terrorists had already left Egypt considered. [Journalist Imad ADEEB - notes indications of no collusion between Mubarak and United States.] [Yesterday, foreign minister MEGUID - claims PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat has been asked to punish hijackers.] Importance of United States-Egyptian relations in Mideast peace process and possible impact of Achille Lauro affair cited.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) "Nightline" announced. USSR support of President Reagan's handling of situation reported; PLO's reaction outlined. Murder of Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee chairperson Alex Odeh following his defense of PLO's role in ending Achille Lauro hijacking reported; details of Los Angeles bombing given. Upcoming item.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter

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