740.00112 European War 1939/5852: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consul General at Algiers (Cole)

202. For Murphy. Your 419, June 26, 3 p.m. The two French vessels now loading in this country are scheduled to proceed to Aruba for fueling because of the lack of bunker fuel on the East Coast. When they have arrived in the Dutch West Indies, final consideration will be given to the proposal that they be authorized to call at Algiers as well as Casablanca.

Owing to the German refusal to grant safe conduct for these vessels hereafter on the Eastern seaboard, it is proposed to transfer all subsequent operations of the economic accord to a Gulf port, where bunker supplies will also be more readily available.