890F.24/31: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Appointed Minister Resident in Saudi Arabia (Moose)

22. Your 33, April 24, 9 a.m., and 41, May 6, 4 p.m. You should inform your British colleague68 and make known to the appropriate Saudi Arabian authorities that it is the policy of this Government to receive direct inquiries from the appropriate Saudi Arabian officials regarding the availability of American military supplies to meet their needs, and that such supplies will be furnished to them if it is feasible to do so.69

In communicating this information to your British colleague you should state that, in accordance with established procedure, finished munitions are assigned by the Munitions Assignments Board on which the British are represented.

  1. Stanley K. Jordan, newly appointed British Minister.
  2. For correspondence regarding policy of the United States to deal directly with independent governments of the Near East with respect to furnishing military supplies, see pp. 1 ff.