The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the United Kingdom (Matthews)
1161. Your 1278, February 18. Please inform Admiral Stark that Navy Department is not disposed to accept General de Gaulle’s proposal of a Fighting French naval detachment.
The Navy Department proposes to adopt the same procedure in dealing with this problem as is now being followed by the British as outlined in your telegram under acknowledgment pending an agreement between Fighting French and North African authorities.