740.0011 Pacific War/727

Memorandum of Telephone Conversation, by the Assistant Chief of the Division of the American Republics (Bursley)

The Chilean Ambassador28 telephoned and said that he had an urgent message from his Government, part of which he proceeded to convey to me and the remainder of which he said he would like to deliver to the Under Secretary personally, tomorrow morning if possible. He said that the matters he desired to discuss with the Under Secretary included certain questions relating to continental defense and others which he would prefer not to discuss on the telephone.

The Chilean Ambassador stated that his Government had directed him to report to the Department of State that all measures have been taken to protect mines, industries and so forth belonging to the United States nationals and that the United States Government may be sure that all precautions will be taken to secure the production and furnishing of supplies of strategic materials. He said that as soon as his Government received today’s news it met with the President and took these decisions.

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The Chilean Ambassador stated further that the Chilean Government remains very friendly to the United States.

I thanked the Ambassador for his message and said I would immediately report to the Under Secretary’s office the Ambassador’s desire for an appointment tomorrow.

  1. Rodolfo Michels.