The Ambassador in Panama (Dawson) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 14.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s telegram No. 178 of November 30, 1940, directing me to discuss the Foreign Debt Readjustment Plan again orally and informally with President Arias setting forth the interest which the Department takes in the matter.
On receipt of the Department’s telegram, a note was addressed to the Foreign Office, in compliance with local protocol, requesting an audience with the President. As reported in my telegram No. 218 of today,41 President Arias received me on December 7. I enclose a, memorandum covering in detail that portion of our conversation which dealt with the Debt Readjustment Plan. As stated in my telegram, [Page 1098]it is my impression that as a result of my interview with the President the matter will receive further serious consideration within the next few days.