740.0011 Pacific War/1029: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Brazil ( Caffery )

1358. From the Under Secretary. Your 2019, December 12, 7 p.m.21 Please let Aranha know that the information contained in your telegram is encouraging and heartening and I am grateful for it. It would be very helpful for me at this stage to know what [Page 128] Aranha’s thoughts may be with regard to the possible “formulation of a common continental policy” at the consultative meeting in Rio. I should like to have the opportunity as quickly as possible of exchanging views with him since that has always been, as he realizes, most helpful to this Government in the past before the holding of any inter-American conference.

I should in particular like to know what his views may be as to the attitude which Chile and Argentina may take with regard to the severance of diplomatic relations with the Axis powers as a part of a continental security policy. [Welles.]

  1. Not printed. The Ambassador reported information from the Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs as to Brazilian security measures and favorable reaction in Brazil with respect to the war situation.