The Ambassador in Argentina (Armour) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 12.]
Sir: Referring to the Department’s telegram no. 81 of May 29, 6 p.m., in regard to proposing to the Argentine Government discussions on the marketing of corn, and with reference also to previous telegrams concerning the protest of the Argentine Government against the sale of a quantity of United States corn to the United Kingdom, as well as to the Embassy’s despatch no. 701 of May 21 last,26 on the same subject, I have the honor to report that in a conversation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs on June 1, I advanced the suggestion mentioned in the Department’s telegrams nos. 79, en clair, of May 27, and 81 of May 29, 6 p.m.
I enclose a copy, with Spanish translation, of an aide-mémoire which I left with the Foreign Minister during the course of the conversation, and also a copy, with Spanish translation, of a memorandum dated May 28, 1940,27 which I left at the Foreign Office on the day last mentioned. The memorandum recites the pertinent facts surrounding the sale of corn in question as set forth in the Department’s aforementioned telegram of May 27.
In a further conversation which I had with the Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs yesterday, Dr. Gache mentioned the corn matter and inquired where it was proposed to hold the discussions. When I replied that I had received no instructions in this regard, Dr. Gache mentioned the possibility of Washington and indicated that his Government might be amenable to having the discussions take place there. As I assumed that the Department would prefer to have the discussions in Washington, I took occasion to offer Dr. Gache encouragement in this suggestion.