837.00/3515: Telegram

The Ambassador in Cuba ( Welles ) to the Secretary of State

46. Referring to the Embassy’s number 44, May 12 [13], 4 p.m., I intend within the next 2 or 3 days to commence informal conversations with Secretary of State covering possible bases for the future negotiation of a new commercial agreement between the United States and Cuba. I beg to request that you advise me if there is any reason why conversations of this character should not be initiated at the present moment and, should there be no objection, if there are any particular points that you would desire me to emphasize.

Doctor Ferrara has informed me confidentially that while he has not yet approached the President in the matter he desires to head the Cuban delegation to the World Economic Conference.18 It is his desire to have as fellow delegates: Ambassador Cintas and Señor Manuel Portuondo, the latter specifically as an expert on sugar questions.