711.94/2065: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan (Grew)

254. Your 598, April 25, 1 p.m.

1. We feel that you should take no initiative in the matter. If, however, you are approached on the subject, we suggest that you make reply along lines substantially as follows:

The American Government welcomes visits to the United States by persons who occupy positions of responsibility in other countries. In view of the marked changes which have taken place in the United States during recent months and of the complex character of the current problems affecting international relations, visits at the present time by any such persons may be especially informative not only to them but also to us. If Mr. Matsuoka should choose to visit the United States he will of course be welcomed.

2. We believe that the foregoing formula would be in accord with the various considerations presented in your telegram under reference. It is suggested further that in making a reply as above outlined, you may in your discretion say that you are speaking as on your initiative and that you will if it is desired refer the matter promptly to your Government for an indication of its views.