740.0011 European War 1939/27629: Telegram

The Chargé in the United Kingdom ( Matthews ) to the Secretary of State

651. For the President. I have just been shown at the Foreign Office a message from the Prime Minister1 stating that you had authorized2 instructions to be sent through this Embassy to Ambassador Steinhardt3 in the sense quoted in the following telegram which I have despatched to Ankara.

“For the Ambassador. The President has sent instructions for you to deliver to President Inönü the following message:

‘President Inönü: The Prime Minister who has been conferring with me is going shortly to Cairo. He will in all probability wish to confer with you or with your Prime Minister at some convenient secret place. In case Prime Minister Churchill does seek a conference I earnestly hope you or your Prime Minister will find it possible to meet him. Roosevelt.’

You are requested to concert with your British colleague4 who is receiving a related message from the Prime Minister concerning the proposed meeting.”

  1. Winston S. Churchill.
  2. At the Casablanca Conference meeting between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill; correspondence relating to this conference is scheduled for publication in a subsequent volume of Foreign Relations.
  3. Laurence A. Steinhardt. Ambassador in Turkey.
  4. Sir Hughe M. Knatchbull-Hugessen.