Summit of a Strong Seven

Meeting at Montebello, Western leaders carry on a dialogue of promise

The final communiqué had been drafted. The host, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was briskly pushing the seventh annual conference of leaders of the major industrialized democracies toward its prearranged conclusion. But then Ronald Reagan, a novice at high-level summitry, urged that a mild sentence limiting the sale of high-technology products to the Soviet Union be made tougher. Trudeau curtly reminded the President that reopening the issue was out of order. "Aw shucks," replied Reagan. "This is my first summit, and...

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