File No. 763.72/1520

The Ambassador in Italy (Page) to the Secretary of State


203. When last I asked Foreign Office whether replies had been received to memorandums, namely those forwarded you, I was told none had been received. To-day on inquiry am informed by Foreign Office that German Minister von Jagow has verbally told Italian Ambassador, Berlin, that Germany had already given instructions to respect neutral flags if honestly flying on neutral vessels and [Page 127] would repeat these instructions. Italian Foreign Office emphasized statement that this implied no special concession to Italy.

Nelson Page