835.6363/453b: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Argentina (Weddell)

124. Reference Department’s 116, September 1, 2 p.m. The Department was today informed by the Standard Oil Company that today’s single meeting of Mr. Harden with the Argentine authorities would probably be insufficient for proper consideration and discussion of the proposed marketing agreement with the Y. P. F., and that the Standard Oil would request a postponement of the time limit of September 21 set for acceptance of the agreement. The Company asked that in case this request were refused the Embassy be prepared to support it if Mr. Harden advised that such action was necessary.

If you are satisfied that the Argentine authorities have definitely refused a postponement you are authorized orally to request of the Minister for Foreign Affairs a brief extension of the time limit set for acceptance of the marketing plan, in order to permit the Standard Oil representatives to give full consideration to the plan.