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The Minister in Egypt (Kirk) to the Secretary of State

444. According to British Embassy source King of Greece1 accompanied by Tsouderos2 and certain other members of Greek Government is expected to arrive here some time this month in order to take up permanent residence in Cairo until return to Greece possible. Egyptian Government said to have acquiesced but requested that King not set up court. Embassy source observed that move will in effect constitute transfer of Greek Government from London to Cairo but not clear yet whether transfer would be officially announced and thus raise question of foreign diplomatic representation to Greek Government. Reaction among Greek community expected to be divided since many will undoubtedly interpret transfer as intended to give present Government opportunity to consolidate its position immediately upon liberation of Greece from Axis.

  1. George II.
  2. Emmanuel J. Tsouderos, Prime Minister of Greece.