711.652/69: Telegram

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

404. I was received this afternoon by the Chief of the Government. After an exchange of greetings he evidenced an interest in our political situation and when I mentioned the draft treaty of friendship and commerce which I was about to communicate to the Foreign Office he expressed a hope that we might arrive at some closer commercial understanding. While the reception was brief and necessarily somewhat formal Mussolini was decidedly friendly in his attitude toward the United States.