641.67n3/9: Telegram

The Chargé in Great Britain (Atherton) to the Secretary of State

251. My 233, August 3, 4 p.m. Embassy informs me Italian note of reply has been forwarded Foreign Office taking position that inasmuch as Palestine although under British mandate is not a part of British Empire it is to be regarded as foreign country and consequently the Italian Government does not feel that it could renounce in favor of imports from Palestine to Great Britain the most-favored-nation treatment to which Italian goods are entitled by treaty.