811.20 Defense (M) India/65: Telegram

The Secretary of State to Mr. William Phillips, Personal Representative of President Roosevelt in India

95. Your 57, January 22, 4 p.m.

1. The Department is glad to have your suggestion for a Joint Office of Strategic Materials and believes that it should be created immediately. It is not clear from your telegram, however, who is to be the Chairman of the Committee. The Department has consulted the Board of Economic Warfare and the Reconstruction Finance Corporation regarding this proposal and both of them concur on the assumption that this office would be for consultative and coordinating purposes only.

[The remainder of this telegram, relative to India’s import requirements, is printed on page 252.]