800.42/315: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)15

8257. The Department has received the Embassy’s telegram No. 8556 of December 9, 1943, communicating a formal invitation from the British Government to this Government to send an official representative to the Conference of Allied Ministers of Education. The Department desires that you transmit the following reply to the appropriate British authorities:

“The United States Government appreciates the invitation of the British Government to participate on an official basis in the Conference of Allied Ministers of Education, meeting in London. The Department of State has under consideration various questions relating to this matter and must await further development and study of various problems involved before a final decision is reached.”

For the Embassy’s information and guidance the Department is giving close consideration to the financial aspect of the proposed participation in the Conference and believes that this presents a real problem which must be resolved before any commitments are made. It is considering asking Congress for authorization to participate in the Conference and for an appropriation of funds in order to meet the costs of such participation.

  1. Similar telegrams were sent on January 6, 1944, to the Ambassador in China (No. 32) and the Ambassador in the Soviet Union (No. 32).