640.0031/107: Telegram

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

141. During the course of my conversation [with] Ciano9 yesterday I reminded him of Secretary Hull’s conviction that the only way to bring the world out of the present international chaos and misunderstanding was through economic recovery but that the United States could not carry the whole load in this respect and that we were therefore doing our utmost to persuade other governments to adopt programs to this end. I suggested that if Ciano and other Italian leaders would associate Italy in the cause of economic recovery and get away from the idea of the use of “force” there would be an instant and friendly response not only throughout the United States but elsewhere.

Ciano replied that he welcomed this suggestion, that he was planning to make a speech on international affairs in the Chamber in the [Page 832] course of 3 weeks or a month, and that he would devote a substantial part of it to international economic recovery.

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