Archive (Reagan Library)

Cold War: Thatcher letter to Reagan (Montebello G7; Nancy Reagan visit to UK) [declassified 1998]

Document type: Declassified documents
Venue: 10 Downing Street
Source: Reagan Library: NSA Head of State File (Box 35)
Editorial comments: Handwritten letter.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 195 words
Themes: Commonwealth (general), Defence (general), Economic policy - theory and process, Foreign policy (development, aid, etc), Foreign policy (USA), MT contacts with Ronald Reagan
Declassified/released 98-005#7
By SMF, NARA, Date 10/13/98

10 Downing Street
The Prime Minister

20th August 1981

Dear Ron,

A brief note to thank you for your kind letter.

I thought the Montebello conference went very well indeed – much better than the press and media indicated. We are now working towards the Commonwealth conference in Australia at the end of September. Our Australian colleagues are rather keen to have a grand declaration about the rights of the Third World countries. We are [end p1] trying to tone it down because it would be wrong to raise false hopes.

It was wonderful to have Nancy with us for a week or so over the Royal Wedding. She was a great hit everywhere she went, - a real and true “Ambassador” for the President of the United States. We all loved her – and I hope she enjoyed our unique celebrations.

I believe your recent defence decisions are absolutely right.

Have a good holiday.
Yours ever,