INTRODUCTION: Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher extended her stay in the United States capital for a few hours on Saturday morning (28 February) to hold another brief round of talks with President Ronald Reagan.
GV PAN British Prime Minister Margaret thatcher's limousine arriving to musical fanfare. (2 SHOTS)
SV President Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy greeting Dennis and Margaret Thatcher.
GV, CU Mrs Thatcher inspecting Guard of Honour. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Military band marching past President Reagan and Mrs. Thatcher on rostrum.
CU President Reagan speaking.
CU Mrs Thatcher speaking.
SCU PULL BACK SV INTERIOR Mrs Thatcher and Mr. Reagan speaking together in White House.
SV & GV Two leaders leave White House onto lawn. (2 SHOTS)
SCU President Reagan speaking.
SV & GV The Thatchers and Reagans arriving at gala dinner to musical fanfare. (3 SHOTS)
SCU President Reagan toasting Queen Elizabeth at banquet as Mrs Thatcher looks on. (4 SHOTS)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
LYNCH: "As the first major Western leader to visit the Reagan White House, Mrs Thatcher was greeted with full military honours. This administration likes pomp and ceremony. The Prime Minister found more trumpets, more martial music and more flags than when she was welcomed by President Carter in December of 1979. In their exchange of arrival remarks, President Reagan an Mrs Thatcher sounded the same theme."
REAGAN: (SEQ 5): "You have said that we enter into a decade fraught with danger. And so we have. But the decade will be less dangerous if the West maintains the strength required for peace. and in achieving that goal there is one element that goes without question - Britain and America will stand side by side."
THATCHER: (SEQ 6): "You Mr. President, have understood the challenge. You've understood the need for leadership. In Britain you will find a ready response an ally - valiant, staunch and true."
LYNCH: "During their two-hour business meeting, President and Prime Minister reviewed East-West relations, the Middle East, Africa and NATO modernisation. When the White House meeting ended. Mr. Reagan summed up the talks which included discussions about Soviet President Brezhnev's call for a summit meeting with the new American President."
REAGAN: (SEQ 9): "We believe this proposal needs to be carefully studied and we will be consulting closely on this matter. For our part, we certainly have an interest in pursuing serious, constructive dialogue with the Soviets, on those issues which divide us."
BELL: "An evening of gala and glitter at the White House. The guests of honour were Mrs Thatcher and her husband, on the first big state occasion of the Reagan Presidency. And it was clear at once that last week's cuts in federal spending did not extend to White House hospitality. Though Americans have voiced some doubts about the success of Mrs Thatcher's economic policies, the President has gone out of his way to associate himself with her political views. And he did so again last night.
REAGAN: (SEQ 11): "It's widely known that I share many of your ideals and beliefs, Prime Minister Thatcher. My admiration for you was reinforced during today's productive meeting. I believe, however, our relationship goes beyond cordiality and shared ideals. In these days, the survival of our nations, and the peace of the world are threatened by forces which are willing to exert any pressure, test any will, and destroy any freedom. Survival in this era requires us, as those who preceded us, to take freedom in the palm of our hands and never to cower behind veil of unrealistic optimism. I ask you now to honour our most welcome guest this evening and her country by joining me in a toast to her majesty the Queen. The Queen."
REPORTERS: BILL LYNCH AND MARTIN BELL
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher extended her stay in the United States capital for a few hours on Saturday morning (28 February) to hold another brief round of talks with President Ronald Reagan. The two leaders covered a wide range of foreign policy and economic issues during Mrs Thatcher's visit. Both pledged their two countries would stand together in the face of what they termed a capital on Thursday (26 February) was lavish and colourful, rounded off by a gala evening. NBC's Bill Lynch and the BBC's Martin Bell report.