The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Italy (Kirk)
143. Your 177, September 19, noon. In your discretion you may orally inform the Minister of Afghanistan at Rome that no recent consideration has been given by this Government to the question of the establishment of official relations with the Afghan Government and the present moment is not considered to be opportune to negotiate a treaty.
It may be stated for your own confidential information that the present request to establish official relations is premature, since the present regime in Afghanistan has not yet been recognized by this Government.