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May 05, 1986
Usual early briefing then on to meeting at Akasaka Palace. We were ordered to drive slowly because Protocol called for me as Sr. member of summit to arrive last but Pres. Mitterrand was up to his old tricks of trying to be last. I finally said to h--l with it, let’s go to the meeting. The meeting was long & arduous over wording of paper on terrorism & our statement of taking Russia to task for being secretive about the nuclear accident when there was a radioactive threat to other countries. We finally got everything we wanted including using word Libya in the terrorism document.
A group photo in the Palace grounds—then lunch at a Japanese tea house—shoes off & chopsticks, not forks. Back to afternoon meeting and lengthy hassle over G-5. We fought for inclusion of Italy & Canada and won again. Back to hotel & Nancy arrived. But I had to leave again for a working dinner.