867N.01/1458: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Kennedy )

160. Your 276, February 27, 8 p.m. I do not have in mind any suggestions which you might make to Halifax on the Palestine question. A general outline of our rights in Palestine, as provided for in the American-British Convention of December 3, 1924,43 is set forth in a public statement the text of which is contained in Press Releases of October 15, 1938. If Halifax should raise any questions regarding our position in the matter I think that you might be guided by that statement.

I may say in strict confidence that I feel we should be cautious about being drawn by the British into any of their preliminary proposals in advance of any final plan which they may decide upon for a solution of the Palestine problem. If any suggestions in that sense are made to you I am confident you will bear the above observation in mind and keep us promptly advised.