File No. 124.67/11a

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Turkey ( Elkus )


3328. This Government assumes the friendly relations between Turkey and the United States will continue in spite of the necessity which has arisen for the United States to sever relations with Germany. If uncertainty seems to exist you should endeavor to convince Turkish authorities that it is for the mutual interest of Turkey and the United States to avoid the suspension of the friendly relations which have always existed between the two countries.

If, however, a break can not be avoided, in which case due notice will be sent you, endeavor to arrange for the departure of all Americans in Constantinople and vicinity for Odessa on the Scorpion. Any appearance of fear of a break on your part or on the part of Americans in Turkey now might tend to aggravate the situation.