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Margaret Thatcher on the world stage

Former UK prime minister's international political career in pictures

Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
Baroness Thatcher, prime minister of the UK from 1979 to 1990, died on Monday aged 87 following a stroke, her spokesperson confirmed. The Conservative politician, who was Britain's longest serving premier in the 20th century and the only woman to serve in the post, was known as the 'Iron Lady' for her tough demeanor and uncompromising leadership style.


\nThese archive pictures show the breadth of her international influence as the 'Iron Lady' meets world leaders over a long political career.
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
British former Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher (L) protests against having her picture taken as she walks alongside Sheikh Faysal Bin Saqr Al Qasimi (2L), chairman of the a free trade zone in Ras Al Khaimah emirate in March 1998.\nAl-Qasimi danced a traditional Bedouin dance with the former British Prime Minister, who was in the emirate for the opening of an exhibition for British companies.
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
In October 2001, King Fahd ibn Abd al-Aziz of Saudi Arabia (1st row, 5th-R) is surrounded in Cancun by 22 world leaders including Margaret Thatcher.\n
\nThe group gathered for a family picture during the North-South Economic Summit (top, from left) Sergei Kraigher (Yugoslavia), Julius Nyerere (Nigeria), Margaret Thatcher (United Kingdom), Zenko Suzuki (Japan), Forbes Burnham (Guyana), François Mitterrand (France), Indira Gandhi (India), Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Ghagari (Niger), Thorbjorn Falldin (Sweden), Louis Herrera Campins (Venezuela), Kurt Waldheim (U.N.). Bottom, from left: Ronald Reagan (USA), Simeon Ake (Ivory Coast), Abdus Sattar (Bangladesh), Chadli Bendjedid (Algeria), Hans-Dietrich Genscher (Germany), Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Canada), Jose Lopez Portillo (Mexico), Prince Fahd (Saudi Arabia), Willibald Pahr (Austria), Ramiro Elisio Gurreriro (Brazil), Zhao Ziyang (China) and Ferdinand Marcos (Philippines).
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is escorted by Kuwaiti Minister of the Royal Court Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Sabah (R) on 24 February 2001. Upon her arrival in Kuwait City Thatcher attended a two-day celebration to mark the emirate's national day and a decade of liberation from Iraq.
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Kuwaiti Minister of the Royal Court Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Sabah attend a garden party at the British embassy in Kuwait City 25 February 2001.
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
Former US president George Bush (2nd R), his wife Barbara (R), Kuwaiti Information Minister Sheikh Ahmad Fahad al-Sabah (2nd L), and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher (L), have lunch at the Scientific Center in Kuwait City 26 February 2001.
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dances with US President Ronald Reagan on 16 November 1988 following a state dinner given in her honor at the White House.
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party Central Advisory Committee, Deng Xiaoping (L) and British Prime Minister Margareth Thatcher in a file photo dated 24 September1982 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during one of their meetings leading up to the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the future of Hong Kong on 26 September in 1984, setting up the territory as a Special Administrative Region of China
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (R) shakes hands with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on 04 July 1990 on the steps of No 10 Downing Street
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis receive gifts on 06 January 1988 during a visit in Nairobi
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
British Prime Minister David Cameron greets former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on the steps of Number 10 Downing Street on June 8, 2010 in London, England.
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah (L) greet Lady Thatcher at Downing Street on November 23, 2009 in London.
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
Former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, poses for photographs with Chelsea pensioners (L-R) John Walker, John Ley and David Pultney and Charles McLaughlin during the announcement of the naming of the new infirmary at the Royal Chelsea Hospital on February 14, 2008 in London, England.
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher blows out the candles on her birthday cake at a celebration marking her 70th birthday on 23 October in Washington. The black tie affair was attended by Nancy Reagan, Newt Gingrich, Charlton Heston and others
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
Photo taken 01 December 1989 in London of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (R) greeting French European Commission President Jacques Delors, before their meeting
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
A file photo dated 29 March 1982 of Luxembourg's Prime Minister Pierre Werner (L) and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher attending the 22nd European Council in Brussels
Margaret Thatcher on the world stage
Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi shown in a picture dated 4 January 1988 in Nairobi as he shows the way to the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Jomo Kenyatta Airport. (AFP/Getty Images)