The Ambassador in Italy ( Phillips ) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 9.]
Sir: Confirming my telegram No. 52 of January 22, 7 p.m.,15 I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy and translation of a Note dated January 13, 1940 (received by the Embassy January 20) from the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs in reply to my communication to him of November 21, 1939, which I delivered pursuant to your instruction No. 547 of November 10, 1939, File No. 365D.1163.
As reported in my telegram No. 52, Count Ciano takes the position that the procedure of the Italian East African authorities in expropriating the hospital owned by the United Presbyterian Mission at Addis Ababa and in expelling the Mission’s representatives from Ethiopia was entirely in accordance with the legislation applicable in such matters.
The letter mentioned in the penultimate paragraph of Count Ciano’s Note was dated June 18, not January 18, 1937.16 In that letter the Minister, speaking of the future activities of foreign missions in the conquered territory, said “If the said missions, outside the educational field, intend to carry on work of a humanitarian and [Page 523] philanthropic character, any requests will in due course be examined, when the juridical question of recognition of the Empire has become an accomplished fact.” (Underlining supplied).