Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State (Phillips)

The Portuguese Minister asked me how soon we would be ready to open the conversations with him looking to reciprocal trade agreements with Portugal. He was prepared, he said, at any time to open these discussions. I replied that I hoped very soon we would be in a position to proceed, but that for the moment the interdepartmental committee was absorbed with the conversations with the three Latin American states;14 I did not wish to crowd them too much. The Minister said that he understood and would wait to hear from us.

William Phillips
  1. Reciprocal trade agreement discussions with Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia; see vol. iv, pp. 642 ff.; vol. v, pp. 13 ff. and pp. 217 ff.