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File No. 763.72/3999

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

[Telegram]

927. Learn from Minister of Foreign Affairs on his return from France conference that conference was called by Lloyd George or Ribot and was pursuant to understanding at Rome December conference to meet whenever it seemed necessary to promote stricter united action. He added that probably they will have one now with the United States. They discussed rather than settled many things. He mentioned particularly Russian situation as requiring reorientation military and otherwise if Russia withdraws from war which I judge is deemed imminent. Regarding blockade of Greek coast he said that it was discussed but nothing settled. I got impression he thinks so strict blockade not necessary but Sarrail seems still apprehensive should Bulgaria make a successful push.

Nelson Page