740.00112 European War 1939/10913: Telegram

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

4334. For Department and FEA and Riefler42 from Lovitt. Following telegram has been sent Bern as Embassy’s 147.

MEW agrees that this telegram shall be considered sufficient authority for your British colleague to join you in action suggested in Department’s 4186, May 26 and 4234, May 2743 (sent you, repeated to London).

In our counterproposals which we understand you presented to the Swiss Government on May 25, piston rings were assigned a nil quota as were other priority items. We leave it to your discretion after consultation with your British colleague whether an approach to Swiss Government should be made now or whether you should await Swiss response to our counterproposals.

  1. Mr. Riefler left London May 27 to return to Washington for a short stay.
  2. See footnote 40, p. 723, and footnote 41, above, respectively.