856B.20/34: Telegram

The Ambassador in Venezuela (Corrigan) to the Secretary of State

49. Department’s No. 55[bis] January 24, 9 p.m. I talked with the President last night and again this morning. Appreciating the essential motivating factors of time, secrecy and speed, he has no objection to the defense measures already taken but emphatically affirms Venezuela’s primary interest in the matter as expressed in the note of July 3, 1940.21 He informed me that a definition of Venezuela’s position and participation will be formulated at once and made clear in an official communication.

Repeated to Amdelgat, Rio, for Under Secretary.