740.00115 European War 1930/223: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Germany (Kirk)

118. Your 108, January 16, 11 a.m. You may discuss with the Foreign Office the question of agreement between the British and the German Governments without waiting for the reply from the French Government. You need not be confined by the instructions and comment in Department’s 973. You may proceed with the general discussion of the matter based on Department’s original proposal and subsequent correspondence taking into consideration the near approach to agreement indicated by the attitudes of the British and German Governments.

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Department would be very much gratified if these two Governments could agree upon and could carry out in practice a humanitarian policy which would alleviate the condition of civilian enemy aliens and which would result in as close approximation as possible to complete freedom for repatriation.

You may express the deep interest of this Government in the possibility of an agreement between the British and German Governments and the hope of this Government that in due course the German Government and the French Government may also find themselves in accord.