Downing Street was “pulling out all the stops” to guarantee Clinton’s May 1997 go to — made between journeys to summits in The Hague and Paris — was a “public relations success,” in accordance to memos between Dominick Chilcott, assistant non-public secretary to the international secretary, and John Holmes, Blair’s principal non-public secretary.
The paperwork have been launched by the UK’s National Archives.
Although the President and his spouse, Hillary Clinton, have been provided tea with Queen Elizabeth, they declined it in favor of different actions, a observe from Blair’s non-public secretary, Phillip Barton, reveals.
“The Americans said that the President and Mrs. Clinton were very grateful for HM The Queen’s invitation to tea at the Palace, but would wish to decline politely,” he mentioned in a May 21 briefing.
The paperwork element makes an attempt to affirm the ever-changing schedule for the presidential couple’s go to to the UK on May 29.
At the time of the go to, Blair had simply begun his 10-year tenure as UK Prime Minister, having been elected earlier that month.
When requested what he would love to do after his speech, the observe mentioned that Clinton’s workforce had “no clear idea” — however that the President “wanted to be a tourist” and wished to go to a backyard and outlets, and pattern some Indian food with the Prime Minister, Barton wrote.
“The Americans were not attracted to our suggestion of a dinner at Chequers,” the observe added. Chequers is the UK Prime Minister’s nation retreat, primarily based in Buckinghamshire, about 30 miles northwest of London.
In the finish, the group dined at Le Pont de la Tour, spending £265 ($360) on a meal that included halibut, salmon, sole and rabbit, in accordance to receipts.