761.90H/51: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Afghanistan ( Engert )

117. The Department feels that no statement which could be forwarded you at this time would be more helpful than that made by the Secretary before Congress on November 18.32 This statement was transmitted in full in the Department’s Radio Bulletin No. 277 of November 18. In the event that the radio bulletins are not being received regularly by the Legation from Bombay, the Department should be informed.

The Department has no information to the effect that Afghan fears are warranted and it is thought that reference to the four nation declaration,33 mentioned in the Secretary’s statement, and to the fact that no secret agreements were entered into should be reassuring. Reference your 224, November 22, 10 p.m.

  1. Concerning the Tripartite Conference of Foreign Ministers at Moscow, October 18–November 1, 1943, Department of State Bulletin, November 20, 1943, p. 341.
  2. Declaration of Four Nations on General Security, issued at Moscow, October 30, 1943, by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and China; vol. i, p. 755.