The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)27

No. 3360

Sir: With reference to the recent exploratory discussions in Washington regarding the formulation of an orderly agenda for the implementation of Article VII of the Mutual Aid Agreement, there is enclosed, for background purposes, a strictly confidential statement, jointly drafted by American and British officials.28 It is stressed that the United States Government had not formulated any position on the questions discussed, and the American officials participating in the conversations did so in their individual capacities. Thus the enclosed statement does not in any sense indicate the position of the United States Government, but is rather an annotated agenda of certain problems on which it appeared that official positions should be formulated for possible future discussions of a more formal character.

Very truly yours,

For the Acting Secretary of State:
A. A. Berle, Jr.
  1. The same, on the same date, to the Ministers in Australia (No. 184) and the Union of South Africa (No. 92), and to the Chargé in New Zealand (No. 134), and on November 17 to the Chargé in Canada (No. 118).
  2. Not attached to file copy, but see Memorandum Concerning the Washington Meeting between British and American Experts with Reference to Article VII of the Mutual-Aid Agreement, p. 766.