740.00112 European War 1939/10451a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)

2098. For Riefler and Lovitt. Department desires to keep in close touch with present negotiations but have heard nothing thus far with regard to them. Request immediate telegraphic report and at least a weekly telegraphic report as to their progress.

The December agreement with Switzerland obtained a notable reduction in the export from Switzerland to Germany of arms and parts thereof, small arms ammunition, bearings, fuses, etc. You should use your utmost endeavors in the present negotiations, however, to bring such exports down to zero. Please include a report on the possibility of obtaining this objective in the cabled report requested above.