The Chargé in Italy ( Reed ) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 22.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s Instruction No. 167 of August 17, 1937,26 I have the honor to report that Mr. Henry Grady, a member of the United States Tariff Commission, arrived in Rome on September 15 and remained until September 17.
The Embassy arranged appointments for Mr. Grady with Mr. Felice Guarneri, Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Exchange; Senator Giannini, Head of the Commercial Department of the Foreign Office, and Mr. Emanuele Grazzi, Chief of the Transoceanic Department of the Foreign Office. In his conversations with these officials Mr. Grady discussed informally with them matters of interest bearing upon trade between Italy and the United States and explained for their benefit the fundamental principles governing United States foreign trade policy.[Page 453]
A copy of a memorandum prepared by the Embassy’s Commercial Attaché of Mr. Grady’s conversation with the Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Exchange on September 16 is transmitted herewith at Mr. Grady’s request. Mr. Grady considers this the most important and significant of the various conversations in which he engaged here. Furthermore, it covered fully all the points which were discussed in his subsequent talks at the Foreign Office.
When calling on Mr. Guarneri, Mr. Grady was accompanied by Mr. Livengood, the Embassy’s Commercial Attaché, while Mr. Reber, Second Secretary, was present at his interviews with Messrs. Giannini and Grazzi.
The Embassy is very decidedly of the opinion that Mr. Grady’s visit to Rome has been extremely helpful in clearing up any doubts and misunderstandings which the competent Italian authorities may have had concerning our foreign trade policy and in reassuring them of our sincere desire to cooperate to the fullest extent possible in mutual efforts to improve commercial relations between the two countries.
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