740.0011 Pacific War/748: Telegram

The Chargé in El Salvador (Gade) to the Secretary of State

105. Department’s circular telegram of December 7, 10 p.m. In reply to the oral communication, the Foreign Minister handed me a copy of a telegram which is being sent by President Martinez to President Roosevelt and which in translation reads as follows:

“I consider that the Japanese attack on Hawaii and Manila is absolutely unjustified and contrary to the principle of law and treatment due a country with which she was at peace. National Assembly is meeting today to study the unusual case and to declare war on aggressor nation.”

A similar message is being forwarded from the Foreign Minister to the Secretary of State.54

The National Assembly is expected to convene at noon today.

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