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October

21

1981

October 21, 1981



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Diary Entry - 10/21/1981

Wednesday, October 21, 1981

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Departed for Cancun—breakfast on A.F.1,—3 hour flight. Arrived to a full military reception—greeted by Pres. Lopez Portillo. 21 gun salute—reviewed troops etc. Helicoptered across Yucatan Peninsula to Cancun—a beautiful white beach & the bluest, clearest water I’ve ever seen. The Sheraton is an attractive hotel. Held meetings (1 on 1) with Indira Ghandi who was not what I expected. She is tiny and seemed very reasonable and moderate. Met with Pres. of Nigeria, P.M. People’s Republic of China & Pres. Herrera of Venezuela. Then had my 1st swim in the Caribbean. Water warm but brought with a strong undertow—too rough to catch a wave for body surfing. Dinner at 9 P.M. (11 Wash. time). I was at our hosts table between Indira & Pres. of Nigeria—both speak Eng. Later learned 4 business men arrested in Nicaragua for writing a letter of complaint to govt. Some Am. women employees of our embassy have been roughed up.