Statement on the Release
of David Jacobsen in Beirut, Lebanon
November 2, 1986
am pleased to announce that one of the Americans held hostage in Beirut has been released. David
Jacobsen was released early this morning by his captors in Beirut. His family has been
notified and will be joining him soon. I do want to express my personal
appreciation to the various parties and intermediaries who have been helpful in
arranging this release. We have been working through a number of sensitive
channels for a long time. Unfortunately, we cannot divulge any of the details
of the release, because the lives of other Americans and other Western hostages
are still at risk.
I call on the captors of all hostages in Lebanon to release their
innocent victims. No political goals are or will be achieved by resorting to
extortion and terrorism. We hold the captors of the remaining American hostages
in Lebanon responsible for the
safety of those Americans. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of
those American hostages as we continue to work for their safe return.
Larry M. Speakes, Principal Deputy Press Secretary to
the President, read the statement to reporters at
in the Vista Mar Monte Room at the Sheraton Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA. Mr. Jacobsen, who
was abducted on May 29, 1985, had been a hospital
administrator in Beirut.