Memorandum of Conversation, by Mr. Hugh S. Cumming, Jr., of the Division of European Affairs

Participants: Mr. Morgenstierne, Minister of Norway,
Mr. Sayre, Assistant Secretary of State,
Mr. Ross, Division of Trade Agreements,
Mr. Cumming, Division of European Affairs.

The Minister of Norway, Mr. Morgenstierne, called on Mr. Sayre this morning, and after referring to the memorandum handed to him by Mr. Sayre on March 4, 1938, said that he had been instructed by his Government to leave the attached Aide-Mémoire12 stating the Norwegian Government’s present position relative to the negotiation of a trade agreement between the United States and Norway.

Mr. Sayre read the Aide-Mémoire in Mr. Morgenstierne’s presence and remarked that while careful study would have to be given to its contents before any reply could be made, his first impression was that it seemed to offer encouraging possibilities. He told Mr. Morgenstierne that he would refer the Aide-Mémoire to the Secretary of State and to the appropriate interdepartmental committees for study, on the completion of which he would again get in touch with the Minister.

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