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Achille Lauro Hijacking Aftermath #92617

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Oct 13, 1985
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(Studio) Significance of White House's public criticism of Italy's handling of Achille Lauro hijacking, include release of Mohammed Abbas, noted.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Rome, Italy) [United States ambassador Maxwell RABB - describes formal complaint filed by United States with Italian government regarding Abbas.] Italy's rationalization of decision to release him outlined; foreign minister Giulio Andreotti quoted. Abbas, in telephone conversation with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) peer, quoted with regard to his version of hijacking and Klinghoffer's death. Status of Italian authorities' case against terrorists considered.
REPORTER: Bill Blakemore

(Cairo, Egypt) Departure of Achille Lauro from Egypt shown. Egyptian government's detention of ship until its airliner forced down by United States fighter planes left Rome noted. President Hosni Mubarak's continued public anger at United States over situation discussed. [Former Egyptian ambassador Ashraf GHORBAL - cites importance of not humiliating your friends.] [United States ambassador Nicholas VELIOTES - praises Egyptian government's prevention of major disaster; regrets necessary action by United States.] President Reagan mentioned writing Mubarak today.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Veliotes reported describing Klinghoffer's courage just before murder.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Blakemore, Bill;
Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie

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