859A.6363/42: Telegram

The Minister in Iceland ( Morris ) to the Secretary of State

141. Legation’s 101, February 22, 3 p.m.5 and Department’s 52, February 16, 10 p.m. In view of instructions received by the Naval Commandant here and communicated by him to me I formally advised the Foreign Minister on March 5 that the Navy would issue liquid fuels to Icelandic oil companies at charges based upon the cost at source plus freight charges equal to the British freight charges established as of September last plus handling charges and that the Commandant would credit the companies with the excess charge for prior purchases based upon the difference between the newly established and the past schedule of charges. The Foreign Minister expressed to me today by formal note “the Icelandic Government’s appreciation of the sympathetic attitude taken in this matter” and orally stated that this action has been of inestimable assistance to the present Government.

  1. Not printed.