File No. 763.72/3216

The Chargé in Brazil ( Benson ) to the Secretary of State


Department’s circular telegram February 3, 1 p.m. Immediately upon his return to Rio de Janeiro this morning I had an interview with the Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs and handed him a note notifying his Government of the action taken by the Government of the United States. The Minister stated that Brazil will not accept the German note and will protest. He said that Brazil is now negotiating, with a view toward concerted action, with certain South-American powers, and added that, at a conference which he had had with the President of the Republic, it had been decided that in any event Brazil would support the action of the United States. He concluded by saying: “Pan America must stand together.”