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October 23, 1985
Off to N.Y. & the U.N.’s 40th Anniversary. We helicoptered into N.Y. from Newark Airport—then motorcade to the Waldorf. The streets were lined with people & I was really moved by their reception. Ambas. Walters had met us. We had a briefing at the hotel by Sec. Whitehead who had met with Moubarak & Craxi. I think that flurry is all over—neither of those 2 want a rift with us.
About 1 P.M. left for the U.N.—a reception & lunch including at least 18 heads of state. I was between the Gen. Sec. de Cuellar & Pres. Jorge of Dominican Repub. (he was flanked by V.P. of Bolivia). The V.P. was eager to plead his case about communist subversion in his co. & International drug dealing. I’m going to take this up with our team & see if we cant lend a hand.
Then back to the hotel where I met Nancy who had been in N.Y. for several days.
Back at the hotel I had meeting with Pres. Zia of Pakistan, P.M. Gandhi of India & old friend Margaret Thatcher of U.K. At 7 P.M. downstairs for a reception—heads of state & spouses. After the receiving line a few mini-bi laterals as I made my way through the crowd. Ortega of Nicaragua wanted one but I said “no.” Then upstairs for pvt. dinner & beddy bye.