550. S1 Washington/467
Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State (Phillips)
The Turkish Ambassador58 left with the Secretary this morning the accompanying aide-mémoire, which is in reply to our invitation to the Turkish Government to exchange views preparatory to the London Economic Conference. He referred especially to the last paragraph in the aide-mémoire, requesting to be informed of the [Page 568]points of view of the United States on the agenda, etc. etc. and expressed the hope for an early reply thereto.59
The Ambassador talked at some length on general questions; Turkey, he said, was a Democratic country which exercised a stabilizing influence in the Near East. The Secretary said he appreciated this fact and hoped that Turkey would play an even more important role in this respect in the future.
The Ambassador said that in his aide-mémoire he had not raised the question of debts, but his Government believed, nevertheless, that the whole question of external debts lay at the basis of the world wide economic problems and would, therefore, have to be included in the London Conference.
The Ambassador also touched upon the question of the admission of Soviet representatives to a full part of the London discussions. Russia, he said, played such an important part in the economic problems of the world and also, by virtue of its vast population, should not be kept apart in any way during the London discussions. The Secretary replied that he understood that Russia had been invited to the Conference precisely on the same footing as the other nations and, as far as he was concerned, he felt the Soviet delegation in London should be received on equal footing with the other delegations. This he emphasized was his personal view point.
As to disarmament, the Ambassador said that his Government shared the views of this Government in the reduction of arms on a qualitative and quantitative basis. The Secretary said that our delegation to the General Conference on Limitation of Armament60 would gladly work with the Turkish representatives along these lines.
Following an exchange of courtesies the Ambassador thanked the Secretary for his reception.
- Ahmet Muhtar.↩
- An exposition of the American point of view was given to the Ambassador in a conversation of May 25, 1933. The explanation was substantially the same as that presented in the memorandum of a conversation of May 15 between American and Polish representatives, p. 553.↩
- For correspondence relating to the Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments, see pp. 1 ff.↩