611.5531/327: Telegram

The Ambassador in Belgium ( Morris ) to the Secretary of State

5. Personal for the Under Secretary.11 Since your letter of January 1612 was written and Forthomme has arrived in Washington, I am informed here that negotiations are being actively pushed, Belgian Cabinet has considered them, and after a meeting on January 25 of the ministers and technical experts immediately concerned further instructions were sent to Belgian delegation which it is believed will expedite matters.

Recently I discussed negotiations with Francqui13 and he is troubled by concessions asked for automobiles.

If you believe I could use my good offices through official action or friendly personal contact to advance the negotiations without appearing to apply pressure which might lead the Belgians to feel we attached so great importance to the agreement that they could afford to stiffen up their demands I should appreciate an informal telegraphic expression of your views.

  1. William Phillips.
  2. Not found in Department files.
  3. Belgian Minister without Portfolio.