835.34/409: Telegram

The Ambassador in Argentina (Jay) to the Secretary of State

63. Department’s telegram 36, September 9, 6 p.m. I have taken up informally but actively with Minister for Foreign Affairs competition for submarines. He assures me our bids will receive equal opportunity and be examined strictly on their merits regardless of any foreign political considerations. Minister who was most friendly did not deny my tentative suggestion that Italian Government was pressing matter, but repeated his assurances that no favoritism would be shown.

I had just heard former Italian naval attaché here was attached to chief of Argentine Naval Mission in Europe during latter’s visit to Italy and followed him on his further journeys. Also learned Italian Embassy here has urged building of submarines in Italy.

Our naval attaché will take first opportunity for appropriate action with the Ministry of Marine.