740.0011 European War 1939/6384: Telegram

The Chargé in Italy ( Reed ) to the Secretary of State

1050. The Greek Minister has asked for his passports and is expected to leave Rome with his staff on Sunday. It is understood that the Swiss Legation will take over Greek interests.

A restrained tone still characterizes press treatment of the Greek venture but reports are carried of enthusiastic demonstrations in Albania. In Italy, however, the reaction has been one of disapproval and disappointment and one frequently hears expressions of pity for Greece.