611.5131/1858: Telegram

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

293. Your 779, April 18, 11 p.m. You are requested to convey the following informally and orally to the French authorities.

The Department has noted with great interest the suggestions informally conveyed to the Embassy, and is giving them active consideration. It is expected that a decision will shortly be reached as to whether this Government is prepared to enter into negotiations for a supplementary trade agreement with France. If a favorable decision is reached, a definite proposal for the initiation of such negotiations, together with an indication of their proposed scope, will be presented to the French Government at an early date.