Archive (Reagan Library)

Falklands: Reagan letter to Thatcher (congratulations on victory) [declassified 1998]

Document type: Declassified documents
Venue: White House
Source: Reagan Library: NSA Head of State File (Thatcher: Cables [1]) Box 34
Editorial comments: Despatched 0052 GMT on 24 June 1982. Declassified 13 Oct 1998.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 222 words
Themes: Defence (Falklands), Foreign policy (USA), MT contacts with Ronald Reagan

Dear Margaret

We have been and will continue to be in constant communication on the many issues and crises in the world which our countries face together. However, in the press of all this business, I would like to take a moment to thank you for the hospitality which you, your government and your countrymen extended of Nancy and me during our visit. The visit to Great Britain was the high point of the trip for us, and I know that you and your colleagues put a great deal of work into making this possible.

Thank you for the most enjoyable lunch at 10 Downing Street, and for the opportunity to address Parliament which preceded it. Of the official functions on my schedule, they were among the most enjoyable and least burdensome, because I was among friends. Thank you also for the elegant carriage clock which you gave me and the music box which you gave Nancy. They were very thoughtful gifts and we shall treasure them.

The news of your victory in the South Atlantic is most welcome. I look forward to working with you on a lasting solution to the situation there, and to co-operation on the many other tough challenges facing the West.

With best regards to Denis whom we also much enjoyed seeing again,

Warmest wishes,