General Report On US-Anglo Talks (Top Secret - 1957)

Posted on Monday, November 28 at 09:31 by FootPrints
[PIÈCE JOINTE 1/ENCLOSURE 1] Notes du secrétaire du Cabinet sur les discussions aux Bermudes Lundi après-midi, le 25 mars 1957 Notes by Secretary to Cabinet on Bermuda Discussions Monday Afternoon, March 25th, 1957 Mr. Macmillan opened the meeting with a few words of welcome and Mr. St-Laurent replied. GENERAL REPORT ON ANGLO-U.S. TALKS Mr. Macmillan said that he thought that, although the details would come out in later discussions on various topics on the agenda, Mr. St-Laurent might be interested in his general over-all impression of the meeting with President Eisenhower. In his view, the few days they had been together were more successful than he had ventured to hope. The reason for this was two-fold. These discussions had been friendly and informal. He felt that he got along with Mr. Eisenhower in a way reminiscent of his past friendship with him. He had been very frank from the very beginning with Mr. Eisenhower and was delighted to find that the Americans were just as anxious, if not more so, to re-establish the former intimate relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. He felt that they have achieved this. For this result he considers that Mr. Eisenhower was the principal factor on the U.S. side. He was sure that there was a profitable and successful meeting of minds at the top which augers well in the longer term. The real test will be just how effective it is at the working level and in the shorter term. A further test will be how much conviction it carries with the public of both countries. He had been very struck by the way Dulles spoke at the off-the-record press conference and said he would be giving us a copy of the transcript. [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on November 28, 2005]

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