UK’s Thatcher appealed to Iran over US hostages
Newly released files show UK’s Thatcher attempted to intervene over US hostage taking in Iran
Newly disclosed records show Britain’s iconic prime minister Margaret Thatcher snubbed aides who questioned Ronald Reagan’s credentials as U.S. president.
Files released on Thursday under the country’s 30-year disclosure rule also show she made a previously unknown effort to intervene in the U.S. Embassy hostage-taking.
Notes supplied to Thatcher by aides on the U.S. 1980 election campaign show diplomats questioned whether Reagan had the “mental vitality and political vision” to be a successful leader.
Thatcher dismissed the criticism, insisting Reagan would “prove himself to be a man of peace.”
Separate files show that Thatcher sent a message to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1980 appealing for the release of U.S. hostages in Iran.
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