Middle East: Reagan call to Thatcher (Lockerbie) [talking points] [unclassified]
|Document type:||thatcher record|
|Venue:||White House - 10 Downing Street|
|Source:||Reagan Library: Presidential Handwriting File: Records Presidential Telephone Calls (Folder 215)|
|Editorial comments:||MT took the call 1800-1815 UK time at No.10 (Thatcher appointment diary, 22 December 1988). It appears that no memorandum of the conversation was made on the US side.|
|Word count:||236 words|
|Themes:||Foreign policy (Middle East), Foreign policy (USA), Terrorism, Transport|
(1) Cover note:
The White House,
The President has seen 12/22/88
1988 DEC 22 PM 12:11
RECOMMENDED TELEPHONE CALL
TO: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
DATE: December 22, 1988
RECOMMENDED BY: Colin L. Powell
PURPOSE: To thank Mrs. Thatcher for her expression of sorrow over the Pan Am 103 tragedy.
SECURE OR OPEN: Open line call
INTERPRETER: None required.
PHONE NUMBER: [Witheld by editor.]
CONTACT PERSON: Charles Powell, Special Assistant to the PM
TIME DIFFERENCE: +5 hours
SUGGESTED TIMES: 1:00pm – 1:15pm
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: Pan Am Flight 103 Tragedy. (See attached points to be made)
Date of submission: December 22, 1988
ACTION: [RR annotated:]“Call Made”
(2) Talking Points:
POINTS TO BE MADE WITH PRIME MINISTER THATCHER
-- Margaret, I understand you have just returned from the site of the Pan Am crash.
-- I want to thank you for your expression of sorrow on the Pan Am 103 tragedy.
-- On behalf of the American people, I also want to thank the rescue workers who responded so quickly and courageously.
-- Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this accident, both the passengers on the plane and the villagers in Scotland