883.24/148a: Telegram

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

202. General Andrews5 has informed the War Department that the Egyptian Government is requesting through the Legation at Cairo two Lockheed Lodestar passenger planes to be paid for in cash. He states that, although the British object to this transaction, he favors it as a contribution to the successful conclusion of current negotiations regarding military jurisdictional rights.

Please endeavor to ascertain the purpose for which the Egyptian Government desires these planes and inform the Department whether you consider it advisable to accede to this request.

  1. Lt. Gen. Frank M. Andrews, Commanding General, U. S. Army Forces in the Near East.