Archive (Reagan Library)

Falklands: Thatcher letter to Reagan (Haig's resignation) [declassified 2000]

Document type: Declassified documents
Venue: 10 Downing Street
Source: Reagan Library: Head of State File (Box 35)
Editorial comments: Declassified 28 March 2000.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 171 words
Themes: Defence (Falklands), Foreign policy (USA), MT contacts with Ronald Reagan
Declassified F96=107#131
By SMF, NARA, Date 3/28/00

UK Confidential

[Handwritten annotation:] “read by Pres 6 July 82”

Dear Ron,

It was as always a pleasure to see you last Wednesday and I much enjoyed the opportunity for a good talk. Thank you very much for all the arrangements which were made.

The last three months have been a difficult period and I remain most grateful for all the support and help which we have received from the United States.

I was sorry to hear of Al Haig’s resignation. I am writing to thank him for all his help. Such changes, whatever the reasons, are always sad. But as you know, George Shultz is very highly regarded here and we shall be delighted to work with him. There will be much for America and Britain to do together in the months ahead.

Yours ever,
Margaret Thatcher