The Chargé in Italy (Reed) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 16—3 p.m.]
337. Embassy’s 322, November 5, noon.19 It is officially announced that the British Ambassador was received by Count Ciano this morning and informed him that the British Government had decided to recognize Italian sovereignty over Ethiopia. At the same time Perth presented new letters accrediting him to the King of Italy Emperor of Ethiopia.
This afternoon Ciano and Perth signed a joint declaration20 putting into effect the Anglo-Italian accord signed on April 16 and took steps to inform the Egyptian Government.
Although the newspapers welcome today’s events as restoring the possibility of new and frank collaboration between the two “empires” emphasis is primarily laid upon the recognition by Great Britain of the Empire. The Tribuna adds that in fact the restoration of relations between the two countries took place 7 months ago and that the intervening period has served to create a new atmosphere in which the accord may operate and produce useful results.