The White House Press Secretary, Mr. Ronald Ziegler, said in Washington last night (14 September)?
The White House Press Secretary, Mr. Ronald Ziegler, said in Washington last night (14 September) that the United States "deplored and denounced" the holding of hi-jack hostages from any nation. His statement came as the United States and other nations involved in the Middle East Hi-jacking drama were trying to find a formula to obtain the release of 54 hostages held by Arab commandos after the three jet hijackings last week.
Mr. Ziegler added that the United States rejected any attempt to establish distinctions concerning the nationality of the hijack hostages:
Questioned afterwards by reporters, Mr. Ziegler declined to link the statement to the roundup of several hundred Arabs by Israel during the weekend.