740.0011 Pacific War/773: Telegram

The Minister in Ecuador (Long) to the Secretary of State

506. Reference Department’s circular telegram December 7, 10 p.m. I called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs50 this morning who made the following statement to me:

Ecuador considers itself to have been likewise attacked. Ecuador is prepared to comply with all of its duties of solidarity in defense of the continent in accordance with all the dispositions of the various Pan American conferences. We want to know how we can cooperate. We are very anxious to conclude the agreement with the United States to prevent the danger that Japan may occupy or establish bases on the Galapágos. We are taking steps to exercise surveillance over all Japanese in the country. A telegram in the foregoing sense is being sent to Alfaro.51

  1. Julio Tobar Donoso.
  2. Colon Eloy Alfaro, Ecuadoran Ambassador in Washington. The rank of the Ecuadoran representative in the United States was raised to that of Ambassador in December 1941.