883.24/149: Telegram

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

322. Your 300, February 8, 3 p.m. The request of the Egyptian Government to be furnished with two Lockheed Lodestar planes for the use of Misr Air Line has been submitted to the appropriate military authorities in Washington. These authorities, however, have disapproved this request because of the urgent need of the United States Armed Forces for planes of this type.

You may in your discretion inform the appropriate Egyptian authorities that it is greatly regretted that these planes cannot be furnished at the present time because of the compelling military needs of the Armed Forces.