124.84/143: Telegram

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

83. Your 25, March 2, 7 p.m. I have no comment to offer on the first paragraph. In my opinion the second paragraph raises considerations which might lead to unnecessary complications in the future and not only would be misunderstood here but might well be regarded as an affront. In its place I suggest the following:

“The Department’s action in this respect is in accordance with its usual practice of terminating consular activities in any district where American interests no longer require such services.”

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I should welcome the Department’s authorization to communicate this decision orally to the Minister for Foreign Affairs before public announcement is made but if there is not sufficient time the Department might care to communicate it orally to Ambassador Suvich.