867.24/326: Telegram

The Ambassador in Turkey (Steinhardt) to the Secretary of State

574. The British Ambassador69 told me this morning that in his opinion one of the principal German objectives in agreeing to furnish war materials to Turkey was to obtain larger chrome deliveries from Turkey in 1943. Having expressed this view to his Government he has today received instructions to take up with the Turkish authorities the renewal of the existing Anglo-Turkish chrome agreement70 which expires on January 8, 1943.

  1. Sir Hughe M. Knatchbull-Hugessen.
  2. For a summary of this agreement, which was signed January 8, 1940, see telegram No. 158, September 25, 1940, 6 p.m., from the Chargé in Turkey, Foreign Relations, 1940, vol. iii, p. 952; for prolongation of the contract, in an agreement of December 23, 1941, see ibid., 1941, vol. iii, pp. 951974, passim.