841.24/105: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Bullitt)

1378. Your 2694, November 8, 6 p.m.44 The President asks me to let you know that in his judgment the problem presented in this country is that both the British and French will be undertaking to make purchases in the United States at the same time that our own Government finds it necessary to make similar purchases. He believes that while the British and French Governments should have separate purchasing agencies, nevertheless, satisfactory and precise plans should be made by those two Governments providing for continuing contact and coordination between the responsible heads of the British and French purchasing agencies in order to provide for a satisfactory synchronizing of the purchases made by those two agencies and likewise, and more important, for effective synchronization with the purchases to be undertaken by our own Treasury Department.

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