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37th Anniversary of Algiers Accords on the release of the 52 American hostages: The Art of Diplomacy

January 19, 2018 marks the 37th Anniversary of the signing of the Algiers Accords that led to the release, on January 20 1981, of the 52 American hostages in Iran.

Algerian Foreign Minister, late Mohammed Seddik Benyahia, and then US Deputy Secretary Warren Christopher, signed the Algiers Accords on January 19, 1981.

Algeria mediation efforts have been gratefully appreciated by the people and government of the United States.

Before his departure from Algiers, then Deputy Secretary Christopher signed and handed to late Foreign Minister Benyahia the following note:

“Mr. Minister, I want to express to your President, to you and your colleagues, and to the Algerian people the deep gratitude and respect of the people of the United States for bringing us to this moment of profound relief that these fifty-two men and women and their families have emerged from the chasm of fear.  You and your government have demonstrated an inspiring commitment to human values, and have provided the world with a singular example of the art of diplomacy.”