The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile ( Bowers )
117. Your 183, May 9, 4 a.m.48 With reference to my 65, March 28, 7 p.m., the President has expressed his approval of the report on Chile’s request for armaments prepared by the Joint Advisory Board on the American Republics and has accepted a recommendation made by the Secretaries of State, War and Navy that the provisions of the Lease-Lend Act be made applicable when necessary to supply war material in the amount stipulated by the Joint Advisory Board to such countries as may require this assistance. The Chilean Ambassador has been informed of the foregoing and has been requested to ask his Government to send technical experts to Washington who will negotiate with the appropriate officials of the Army and Navy for the delivery of the materials covered by the report of the Joint Advisory Board and with this Department concerning the method of payment for these materials.
This Government is prepared to commence these negotiations at the earliest date convenient to the Chilean authorities. Please take whatever action may seem advisable to you in order to expedite the departure of these experts.
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