The Minister in Egypt (Kirk) to the Secretary of State

No. 702

Sir: With reference to the Department’s instruction no. 263 of October 8, 1942 (file no. 883.20/156), concerning the matter of giving assurances to the Egyptian Government that the American military forces in Egypt will ultimately be demobilized outside of Egypt or otherwise taken care of by the American authorities, I have the honor to enclose, for the information of the Department, a copy of the Legation’s note No. 654, October 29, 1942 to the Foreign Office on this subject, together with a copy of the reply of the Foreign Office dated November 16, 1942.44

Respectfully yours,

Alexander Kirk

The American Minister (Kirk) to the Egyptian Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs (Nahas)

No. 654

Excellency: I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that my Government has instructed me to convey to the Egyptian Government assurances that, at the conclusion of the war, the members of the United States armed forces and attached personnel in Egypt will be demobilized outside of Egypt without the Egyptian Government being involved in any expenditure arising out of their removal from Egypt; that the United States Government will endeavor to apprehend any deserters from such forces; and that any particulars desired by the Egyptian Government concerning persons who were residents of Egypt prior to enlistment in the United States forces will be furnished before such persons are discharged.

Please accept [etc.]

Alexander Kirk
  1. Latter not printed.