711.94115 Exchange/6–2744: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Switzerland (Harrison)

2189. American Interests—Far East. Request Swiss Government to inform Japanese Foreign Office that if Japanese Foreign Office is agreeable, a series of continuous exchanges of nationals might be devised taking advantage of railroad connections between Japanese-held territory and Soviet territory. Similar repeated exchanges of nationals have in the past few months taken place on both Portuguese and Spanish territory, between the German Government and the United States and British Governments and their associates.69

If Japanese Foreign Office exhibits interest in this particular proposal Department would be glad to study Japanese Government’s suggestions in this sense or, alternately the Department would be glad to make detailed proposals for the Japanese Government’s consideration. Department will welcome any suggestions which Swiss representatives care to make in this connection.

  1. For correspondence on this subject, see vol. iii, pp. 785 ff.