883.24/19: Telegram

The Minister in Egypt ( Kirk ) to the Secretary of State

1591. Personal for Feis. Is the possibility being explored of extending to Egypt the provisions of the Lend-Lease Act? After all this country is a war theater and I can see large benefits from the political, economic and financial standpoints of developing American-Egyptian relations on those bases not only for the purpose of the actual war effort but also as a possible impetus to a larger postwar trade in this entire area. I have not discussed this matter here but it is also possible that direct dealings between the United States and Egypt in the supply of defense materials might be acceptable to the British as well as to the Egyptians.