18. Memorandum From Secretary of State Shultz to President Reagan 1
- My Meeting Today with Dobrynin
Dobrynin came in at his request today and presented a proposal to hold meetings on regional problems. The proposal is attached and is presumably related to your proposal for regular discussions on regional topics made in your UN General Assembly speech last fall.2 As you can see from the text, the Soviets are very specific about topics, dates and venues.
Dobrynin also gave me the original signed version of Gorbachev’s letter to you of March 24.3 He asked if the letter being carried by Speaker O’Neill constituted a response, and I replied that there would be a full response in good time.4
Dobrynin also asked about Bud’s press briefing today, in particular about the distinction made between “meetings” and “summits.”5 He asked if this had some special significance in relation to your invitation to Gorbachev. I said that Bud was making the distinction between the kind of meeting two heads of state could have if they were both attending some other meeting and had a discussion together, on the one hand, or, on the other, an especially arranged and carefully prepared meeting. I also pointed to Bud’s emphasis on viewing relationships between countries as a process in which meetings between heads of state serve as markers in the flow of that process. Dobrynin is leaving on Friday, April 19, for consultations in Moscow and asked to come in to see me just before his departure. I told him that we could get together next Wednesday or Thursday.
I will have further comments in the next few days on their ideas of how to implement your proposal for regional dialogue.[Page 57]
- Source: Reagan Library, Jack Matlock Files, Chronological File, 1980–1986, Matlock Chron April 1985 (4/6). Secret; Sensitive.↩
- In his address to the UN General Assembly on September 24, 1984, President Reagan stated: “I propose that our two countries agree to embark on periodic consultations at policy level about regional problems.” His address is printed in Public Papers: Reagan, 1984, Book II, pp. 1355–1361; see also Foreign Relations, 1981–1988, vol. I, Foundations of Foreign Policy, Document 206.↩
- See Document 10.↩
- See Document 15.↩
- Reference is to McFarlane’s briefing in Santa Barbara, California; see David Hoffman, “President Clarifies Position on Summit,” Washington Post, April 11, 1985, p. A1.↩
- No classification marking. This is the unofficial translation provided by the Soviet Embassy.↩