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May 15, 1981

NOTES ON MEETING BETWEEN SOUTH AFRICAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS R. F. BOTHA AND US PRESIDENT REAGAN

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    South African Minister of Foreign Affairs "Pik" Botha and President Reagan meet in Washington, DC. South African Ambassador Sole, the note taker, interprets Reagan's friendly opening comments as "the inference clearly being that he had no illusions about democratic rule in Africa." They discuss the situation in Namibia and Angola, and their shared opposition to Soviet and communist influence in the region. Botha also asks Reagan to help South Africa's souring relations with France regarding nuclear cooperation. Botha states that "South Africa was not preparing or intending to explode a nuclear device, but[...] could not afford publicly to surrender this option."
    "Notes on Meeting between South African Minister of Foreign Affairs R. F. Botha and US President Reagan," May 15, 1981, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, South African Foreign Affairs Archive, File 137/10/02 Vol. 9, doc. No. 82214/006772. Obtained and contributed by Or Rabinowitz. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116764
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