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The Ambassador in Venezuela (Corrigan) to the Secretary of State

465. I saw Foreign Minister by appointment this afternoon and presented my memorandum referred to in Embassy’s 460, April 29, 7 p.m.

He said that oil matters were generally handled directly between Minister of Fomento and the President. I stressed that my communication dealt solely with international aspects. Foreign Minister stated that he would discuss reasons presented in memorandum with President and inform me further. It was my impression that matter had not been cleared previously with Foreign Office.

British and Netherlands Ministers are requesting appointments with Foreign Minister for tomorrow to present views of their Governments. Copies of our own and their communications will be sent by airmail.