Quiet Diplomacy: Aga Khan’s Villa Water Lily venue of 1985 Superpower summit | BBC & Macau Daily Times

This Day in History: 1985 Superpower summit

The first meeting in six years between the world’s superpowers – the United States and the Soviet Union – has begun in Switzerland – at the Villa Water Lily owned by the Aga Khan.

Their first get together this morning – at the Villa Water Lily owned by the Aga Khan – lasted four times the scheduled 15 minutes.

The late US President Ronald Reagan with Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev during 1985 Superpower summit (Image via Macau Daily Times)
The late US President Ronald Reagan with Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev during 1985 Superpower summit (Image via Macau Daily Times)

Published on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Macau Daily Times (Courtesy BBC News)

… Early reports indicate the meeting between President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva has got off to a good start.

The two men were alone apart from their interpreters. And in the afternoon they unexpectedly went off entirely by themselves for an hour.

In context

Both sides painted a positive picture of the summit but the lack of specific details in the subsequent agreement reflected areas of major differences.

The document signed by the two presidents committed them to work towards a 50% cut in their nuclear arsenals and explore the possibility of an agreement on medium range missiles.

Via:


President Reagan, Prince Hussain & his goldfish

In the 1980s, when President Reagan was about to hold his first ever meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in Switzerland, the President was staying at a fine residence outside Geneva on the shore of Lake Geneva. The villa belonged to Prince Karim Aga Khan. The Prince, the Begum and their three children, Princess Zahra and her brothers Prince Rahim and Prince Hussain, had moved out so that the President could use the house.

It turned out that the only condition for the stay was in a note to President Reagan from Prince Hussain, the youngest, who was ten years old, in which he asked that his goldfish be fed everyday. According to Nancy Reagan, the Begum who was her good friend had told her: “Now there’s just one thing. My son has some goldfish that he adores and would you mind feeding the goldfish in the morning. And Ronnie of course right away said ‘well, of course, absolutely’. “….(read the rest in DIPLOMACY)

The late US President Ronald Reagan meeting with Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev at His Highness the Aga Khan's Vila (Image via Simerg,.com)
The late US President Ronald Reagan meeting with Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev at His Highness the Aga Khan’s Vila (Image via Simerg.com)

Via – President Reagan Stays at the Aga Khan’s Villa on Simerg.com


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