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The Chargé in Afghanistan (Thayer) to the Secretary of State

178. Department’s 92, September 14, 7 p.m. The three Germans listed in my 170, August 31 are leaving Kabul September 25 for Peshawar whence they will be escorted via Karachi and Basra to Turkey. Since Karachi sailing schedules are very uncertain, name [Page 50] and nationality of their ship is not known though British Legation here presumes it will be British transport. As Foreign Ministry has not repeated request for safe conduct I have not issued one.

Italian Minister here recently inquired of Foreign Minister whether in view of Italian developments Anzilotti’s departure would still be necessary. He was informed that since Anzilotti’s departure was requested because of intrigues against Afghan Government, development in Italy does not alter Afghan attitude toward him. However, it understands Anzilotti’s reluctance to travel with Germans and has agreed to postpone his departure until after Germans have left, and until he can obtain instructions as to where to go from Victor Emmanuel’s58 Government. Anzilotti is therefore remaining in Kabul for time being. The British are raising no objections to this.

  1. The King of Italy.