111.16 Stettinius, Edward R., Jr./153: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Harriman )

613. In response to your wire No. 871 Stettinius and I discussed matter thoroughly with the President at lunch today. We feel for reasons which Stettinius will explain to you when he sees you that it would be unwise for you and him to meet in London but Stettinius will meet you in Cairo if you feel it desirable at the close of the London Conference. He will advise you from London the probable date he could meet you in Cairo.37 There is a possibility he might be going to Cairo in any event.

  1. In telegram 948, March 20, 1944, Ambassador Harriman expressed bis readiness to go to Cairo or anywhere in North Africa for the meeting. He made the further suggestion that Stettinius should “consider a very quick trip to Moscow, remaining not over three days.” (111.16 Stettinius, Edward R., Jr./176) As a result of communications from London, Harriman made plans to meet with Stettinius in Marrakech. He left Moscow on the morning of April 26 for this meeting, and was prepared to continue on to Washington.