The Ambassador in the United Kingdom
(Winant) to the Acting Secretary of State
6984. Hoyer Millar said to us today that he did not see how talks on Tangier, now that Russians have asked to participate, could be opened unless Russians were brought in. Bringing the Russians into the talks immediately raised the question of how far they were to take part in any plan which might be agreed upon for the future administration of the zone. That point, it seemed to him, had to be decided first and it was one that could not be decided “on the minute”. It might be best, therefore, to go into it at the Big Three meeting and not think of starting discussions on Tangier until after the Big Three meeting. (Sent Dept as 6984; rptd to Tangier as 42; rptd to Paris as 449; rptd to Moscow as 245).
- The gist of this message was included in telegram No. 19 of July 12 from Grew to Byrnes (file No. 740.00119 Potsdam/7–1245).↩