Statement by Principal
Deputy Press Secretary Speakes on the American
President today met with his senior national security advisers regarding the
status of the American hostages in
the meeting, the President reviewed ongoing efforts to achieve the release of
all the hostages, as well as our other broad policy concerns in the
At the conclusion of the meeting, the President made it clear to all that he appreciated their support and efforts to gain the safe release of all the hostages. Stressing the fact that hostage lives are at stake, the President asked his advisers to ensure that their departments refrain from making comments or speculating about these matters.