Jesse Jackson Returning To Chicago For Washington’s Funeral With PM-Washington
KUWAIT (AP) _ Democratic presidential candidate Jesse Jackson is cutting short a visit to the Middle East and Africa to attend funeral services for Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.
Jackson, expressing his ″great sense of personal loss and a great sense of family loss, said he would leave for Chicago today. His comments came Wednesday as he arrived in Kuwait, in a telephone interview with Cable News Network.
Noting Chicago’s often divisive political history, Jackson said, ″Even in a period of shock, we can turn to each other and not on each other.″
Jackson had planned a lengthy trip that began in Kuwait and was to end in Ethiopia on Monday.
Earlier Wednesday in London, Jackson said he would seek the release of hostages and information on the whereabouts of missing Church of England envoy Terry Waite during his trip.
Jackson told reporters at London’s Heathrow Airport that he planned a series of private meetings and public appeals in Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudia Arabia to obtain new information about the 23 men thought to be held in Lebanon.
″We are concerned about the plight of Terry Waite, who did such a marvelous job helping relieve the tension and freeing hostages,″ Jackson said.
″We are concerned about (Associated Press journalist) Terry Anderson and other Americans held hostage,″ he said.
Waite disappeared in Beirut in January. Before that he had won the release of eight Britons being held hostage in Iran and Libya and three Americans helped captive by Islamic fundamentalists.
In December 1983, Jackson led a delegation to Syria for talks with Syrian President Hafez Assad. That trip led to the release the next month of American airman Lt. Robert Goodman who had been held by the Syrians after his plane was shot down.