500.A21/65a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Brazil (Caffery)81

26. Please inform the Minister for Foreign Affairs confidentially that the President is considering an exchange of views between the Government of the United States and other neutral powers covering two basic problems connected with the future maintenance of a lasting world peace, namely, limitation and reduction of armaments, and the [Page 118] establishment of a sound international economic system. You should make it clear that the exchange of views proposed does not involve any present problems arising from the existing war situation, but rather problems relating to the future maintenance of peace after the termination of existing hostilities. You should state that this Government would greatly appreciate having the views of the Brazilian Government with regard to the most feasible way of undertaking the exchange of views involved, as well as with regard to the most practical approach to the problems mentioned.

  1. The same, mutatis mutandis, February 8, 11 a.m., to the Chargé in Argentina as No. 27.