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The Ambassador in Brazil ( Gibson ) to the Secretary of State

273. Department’s 152, October 9, 7 p.m. Negotiations with German mission are entrusted to committee of three—the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Director of the Commercial Section of the Foreign Office, and Souza Dantas.

I was informed yesterday by the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs that Aranha had requested that commitments to Germany be deferred until he had had a further opportunity for discussion in Washington. This morning I took occasion to go into the matter fully with the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs and Souza Dantas. The Minister informed me that the conversations with the Germans are merely in the nature of exploration and authorizes me to say that no commitment will be made to Germany until agreement is made with the United States.