800.51 W 89Belgium/44: Telegram

The Ambassador in Belgium (Phillips) to the Secretary of State

72. Your 39, June 6, 11 a.m. As the Belgian Government had already expressed their intention to send the mission to Washington in July they were entirely ready to give the necessary assurance in writing.

Theunis being still absent in Italy the actual date in July of his departure for the United States is not definitely settled. However it is certain that the negotiations can begin next month.

The written statement received and dated today is as follows:

β€œThe Government of the King has taken note of the desire expressed by the Government of the United States in its note of June 4 last with a view to opening the negotiations in Washington in July next at a date which would be agreeable to the Belgian Government. The Government of the King is in accord as to the commencing of the negotiations next month and it will come to an understanding shortly as to the date upon which it will be convenient for the Belgian commission to go to Washington.”

I have informed the Foreign Office that the Government of the United States considers Belgian assurance as satisfactory.

Phillips