711.94115 Exchange/10–1144: Telegram

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

6790. American Interests—Far East. Department’s 2565, July 26.70 Foreign Office note October 9 states during interview at Japanese Foreign Office Gorgé informed that Japanese do not believe possible exchange at Soviet port, exchange via Siberia believed possible however, but Japanese are of opinion Mormugão should be exchange port. Japanese Foreign Office believes American-Japanese exchange should be deferred until conclusion second Anglo-Japanese exchange [Page 1092] which appears more urgent but now encountering serious technical difficulties.

  1. Not printed; it stated, “Since it requires approximately 45 days for the Gripsholm to reach Mormugão from New York, preliminary arrangements should soon be begun if a further exchange of American and Japanese nationals is to take place at that port as soon as the monsoon ends in October.” (711.94115 Exchange/7–2644)