Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State

The Greek Minister77 called at my request.

I handed to him the proposed Lease-Lend Agreement78 to be entered into between our two Governments, if mutually agreeable. I explained to the Minister that this was in substance the same as our agreement entered into with the British Government.79 I then added that this Government would from time to time be having purely casual exchange of information with one or more economists or qualified persons from each of the countries concerned; that for the present there would be no official conferences except with representatives of one country at a time, and that there will be no secrets about the negotiations and each government would, if it so desired, be kept informed of everything taking place with the other negotiators. The Minister seemed much interested and personally seemed to think that his Government would approve the proposal without delay.

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  1. Cimon P. Diamantopoulos.
  2. Not printed.
  3. Signed February 23, 1942; for text, see Department of State Executive Agreement Series No. 241, or 56 Stat. (pt. 2) 1433.