711.652/70: Telegram

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

134. Your 405, October 8, 1936. Department would be glad to be informed as to the attitude of the Italian Government toward a joint declaration providing for termination of the treaty of 1871 as mentioned in the second paragraph on page 2 of instruction of September 8, 1936.22 It desires to give further consideration to the question whether termination shall be by joint declaration or by a unilateral notice on the part of this Government. Upon receiving a report from you further instructions will be sent with text of a joint declaration or notice, whichever may be decided upon. In the meantime, you will feel at liberty to continue discussions in regard to the new treaty with Count Ciano.

  1. Third paragraph of instruction, p. 345.