740.0011 European War 1939/32808: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Liberia (Walton)

9. The Department has brought this matter, reference your telegram no. 16, January 16, and no. 24, January 24, to the attention of the War and Navy Departments and has asked for their comments. Pending the receipt of formal responses the Department is unable to state whether they would be willing to assume the responsibility indicated in your no. 16. It is our impression, however, that they would not be in a position at this time to undertake such commitments, although it is to be assumed of course that such protection as may be possible will continue to be afforded within the general framework of Allied strategic plans.