The Ambassador in Italy ( Phillips ) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 4—9:25 a.m.]
87. Your 26, March 3, 5 p.m. I have shown Count Ciano your proposed press statement regarding withdrawal of our representation from Ethiopia. He expressed concern that it would be misunderstood in the foreign press, especially in the French press and that at this moment any such misinterpretation would be embarrassing.
Does the Department feel the necessity of issuing our statement before the office in Addis Ababa is closed?