811.20 Defense (M) Colombia/65: Telegram

The Ambassador in Colombia (Lane) to the Secretary of State

599. With reference to Department’s telegram no. 350 March 23, 11 p.m. and my telegram 593, May 4, 9 p.m.55 The Foreign Minister would like to know whether provision could be made within the terms of the rubber purchase program for the supply to Colombia of necessary equipment for the establishment of a tire manufacturing plant to satisfy at least in part this country’s requirements. He also wishes to know if technical experts could be supplied by the United States.

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It is possible that the plant would be operated by a Colombian Government agency.

In this connection as reported in my despatch 4143 of April 3056 Minister of Economy has informed Embassy that a number of American tire companies have been discussing with authorities possible establishment of a plant.

I would appreciate instructions if possible by noon, May 7.

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