500.A15A5 Submarines/18: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Bingham) to the Secretary of State

399. My despatch 2423, August 6.4 The Foreign Office states that the French Government has now arranged to despatch its note in connection with the submarine protocol on the 15th of August to the diplomatic representatives in Paris of the agreements concerned. The date had been postponed from August 10 to August 15 at British [Page 163] suggestion to give the Italian Government further opportunity to express its views on text of the protocol and general procedure. The Italian Government not having replied, the British consider it impossible to press the French to defer any longer the despatch of their note.

The Italian Foreign Office has, however, advised the British Embassy in Rome that it hopes shortly to deliver a favorable reply to the British representations in connection with the submarine protocol.

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