The Ambassador in Argentina ( Armour ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 2:17 p.m.]
248. Department’s telegram No. 120, June 22, 4 p.m. I have just seen Dr. Cantilo and read him the telegram. I stressed most earnestly the importance of his presence at the conference and the real advantages, aside from the gesture, that would be afforded by his later visit to the United States referring to the matters discussed in the Department’s telegrams Nos. 121, June 22, 5 p.m., and 122, June 22, 6 p.m.,29 as evidencing the recognition on the part of our Government of the difficulty of the situation in Argentina and the desire of our Government to do everything possible to be of assistance.
Dr. Cantilo asked me to tell you that nothing would give him personally greater pleasure than to attend the conference and collaborate with you in the important work ahead of us. He particularly appreciated the invitation to visit the United States later and realized the opportunity personal talks with the President and officials of our Government would offer. He told me President Ortiz has thus far been reluctant for him to leave the country at this critical juncture, but he will take up the matter again in the light of your very generous telegram and hopes to have a reply for me as soon as possible.