711.652/126: Telegram

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

489. For the Secretary. My 487, November 24, 3 p.m. I am really disturbed about the possibility that the Department feels unable to proceed with the completion of the general treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation. The Italians have agreed to all our demands and it would really be most unfortunate if a little over 2 weeks before the expiration of the old treaty we should now have to inform them that we are not in a position to proceed with the completion of the new treaty. You will readily understand the misinterpretations that the Italians would give to any such announcement. May I most earnestly ask for your help?