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890F.515/15a

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the United Kingdom ( Matthews )

No. 2472

The Secretary of State encloses for the information of the Chargé d’Affaires a copy of a memorandum of conversation58 which took place on February 19, 1943 between an officer of the Department and Sir Frederick Phillips of the British Supply Council in North America. During this conversation Sir Frederick Phillips was requested to ascertain from his Government more detailed information regarding certain projects being considered by the British Government in the banking and currency field in Saudi Arabia.

It is desired that the Embassy make parallel inquiries of this character of the appropriate British authorities in such a way as not to conflict with the inquiries being made by Sir Frederick Phillips. It is understood, however, that Sir Frederick Phillips has referred the matter to the British Embassy at Washington, which is making inquiries through the Foreign Office in London.

  1. Ante, p. 859.