840.48 Refugees/3559

The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador (Halifax)

The Secretary of State presents his compliments to His Excellency the British Ambassador and has the honor to refer to the Embassy’s Aide-Mémoire of January 11, 1943 in regard to the desire of the British Government, in case of an emergency in Spain and Portugal, to evacuate British subjects and approved Allied nationals to French North Africa. The United States authorities in North Africa have been consulted in regard to this matter and have stated that, in the event of an emergency, they will be prepared to receive these refugees. They believe that it would be preferable that the refugees be evacuated to Morocco rather than to Algeria, though it might be necessary to alter this recommendation in case the emergency should extend to the Spanish zone of Morocco.