867N.01/1418: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Egypt (Fish)

9. Your 13, February 8, 4 p.m. You may inform the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in whatever manner you consider appropriate, [Page 714] that the United States Government, no less than the governments and other bodies represented at the London conference, would welcome a solution of the Palestine question. Once a solution has been agreed upon or once a plan has been announced, this Government would, of course, wish to examine it in the light of the American interests involved. The character and extent of those interests have been set forth on several occasions, notably in correspondence with the British Government in 193739 and more recently in a public statement issued by the Department of State on October 14, 1938.

You may furnish the Foreign Minister with copies of the above mentioned correspondence and statement which appeared in the weekly issues of Press Releases of August 14, 1937 and October 15, 1938.

Please send copies of your telegram and this reply to Beirut, Jerusalem and Baghdad.

  1. See telegram No. 281, July 7, 1937, 10 a.m., to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom; telegram No. 448, July 7, 1937, 9 p.m., from the Ambassador in the United Kingdom; and note No. 2744, August 4, 1937, from the Ambassador in the United Kingdom to the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Relations, 1937, vol. ii, pp. 889, 891, and 901.