711.652/67: Telegram

The Ambassador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State

391. Department’s unnumbered instruction September 8. In informal conversation with Count Ciano20 last evening, I told him of our desire to negotiate a new treaty of commerce and friendship to take place of the old treaty of 1871 and that this would require of course the denunciation of the old treaty. Count Ciano expressed his desire to study the subject and asked me to take the matter up personally with him after his return from a few days absence from Rome.

  1. Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs.