The Chargé in Brazil ( Burdett ) to the Secretary of State
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Embassy’s despatch No. 4100 of January 16, 1941 (File No. 830),6 concerning the staff conversations held between representatives of the Brazilian and United States Navies.
A note was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 13, 1941, and a copy transmitted to the Department with the abovementioned despatch. This note requested information on the action taken on the agreements reached in the staff conversations. I have called several times at the Foreign Office in an endeavor to expedite a reply to this note.
In the meantime, Captain A. T. Beauregard, United States Navy, Chief of the United States Naval Mission to Brazil, has conferred with the Minister of Marine. Captain Beauregard has handed to the Embassy a memorandum concerning this conference. Copies are transmitted herewith. It is requested that a copy be sent to the Navy Department.
- Not printed.↩
- These Naval Staff Conversations, carried on by the Chief of the Brazilian Naval General Staff, Vice Admiral José Machado de Castro Silva, and the Chief of the United States Naval Mission, Captain A. T. Beauregard, resulted in a statement of “Understanding and Agreement” in which (1) the necessity was recognized of keeping open Brazilian ports and airfields in case of attack until reinforcements could arrive from the United States; (2) the United States agreed to assist with armed forces in meeting any attack from a non-American state or from a Fifth Column; (3) the United States promised to aid in procuring armaments and training personnel; (4) both parties agreed to the desirability of full exchange of information, of developing a suitable code and cipher, and of building up intelligence services; (5) when necessary, Brazil agreed to place at the disposition of United States naval forces, naval and air bases, anchorages, and port facilities, and agreed to allow “advance discreet operations” in the Natal area. The approval of the Navy Department of this understanding was indicated on November 14, 1940. (882.24/256½)↩
- Getulio Vargas.↩