800.61317/11: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Brazil (Caffery)

2833. Embassy’s 3355, July 10;9 3570, July 23. US and UK authorities offered to negotiate for entire exportable surplus 1943 rice crop and are prepared to negotiate for entire exportable surplus from 1944 rice crop, although it will, of course, not be possible to conclude negotiations prior to July 31. Information as to willingness of two governments to negotiate with respect to 1944 crop should not be used in such a way as to cause expectation on part of growers of increased prices for rice.

Present attitude of procurement agencies here is that it would be unnecessary for them to send additional representatives to Brazil to negotiate with respect to rice or other commodities, although British Ministry of Food will send an expert via United States.

It is expected that within the next few days detailed suggestions with respect to rice and other commodities for use in negotiations will be forwarded to you.

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