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Achille Lauro Hijacking Aftermath #92632

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 14, 1985
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(Studio) Reagan administration's anger with Italy's release of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) terrorist Mohammed Abul Abbas noted.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(No location given) Abbas' release said consequence of agreement made by Italy with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) in late 1970s; details given, scenes shown. Then-Prime Min. Giulio Andreotti's accord with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat explained, discussed; Italy's release of Abbas noted having similar precedent in France when that country released PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) terrorist Abu Daoud, mastermind of 1972 Munich Olympics slaughter of Israeli athletes. Details given. Machiavelli quoted.
REPORTER: Pierre Salinger

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Cairo, Egypt) Immediate and long-term impact on US-Egyptian relations over President Hosni Mubarak's handling of the Achille Lauro hijacking discussed. [MUBARAK - resents having not received apology from US.] Mubarak said not yet reading letter from President Reagan sent him 2 days ago; perception by Egypt and other Arabs of United States fighter planes' interception of Egyptian airliner ferrying terrorists to safety noted. [PLO chairperson Yasir ARAFAT - considers United States action shameful.] Arafat's recent efforts to soften hard-line Palestinians into negotiating with through Jordan's King Hussein, reviewed; after political risks involved for him thou illustrated by threats against him by Arab leaders such as Syrian President Hafez al- Assad and Libyan dictator Muammar el-Kadhafi. [ARAFAT - believes United States action has destroyed Mideast peace progress.]
REPORTER: John Donvan

Donvan, John;
Salinger, Pierre;
Threlkeld, Richard

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