763.72/12320: Telegram

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

2385. My telegram 2384.16 In audience which I have had with the King, he expressed much pleasure that Allied contingents are going into ports along Eastern Adriatic coast as they will not only have quieting effect but can see for themselves, and he mentioned particularly the influence of the American flag here. He evidently shares in apprehensions that those over there will eventually fall under German influence and open a way for the German people to get down to the Mediterranean through the Adriatic and Aegean which will create new difficulties and perils. He feels that the situation there is fraught with much future trouble. He spoke with highest appreciation and feeling of what America has done for Italy.

He expressed great pleasure at the President’s reported approaching visit to Europe and said everyone here wants to see him.

Nelson Page
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