867N.01/1443: Telegram

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

12. Your 21, February 24, 5 p.m. In as much as your 13, February 8, 4 p.m. indicated that the Minister for Foreign Affairs asked specifically for an answer and that you agreed to communicate such answer when received, the Department is inclined to believe that an oral reply should now be made without further approach from him, unless you have some reason, other than that given in your telegram, to believe that such action would be definitely undesirable.

You should, of course, inform the three neighboring offices of the nature of your reply and telegraph the Department the action taken in pursuance of this instruction.