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The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Italy (Kirk)

151. If the note contained in the Department’s 108 of 2 p.m. January 19 has not yet been presented to the Italian Government, the Department requests that you withhold action until you receive further instructions. It appears that text approved by Foreign Office includes a paragraph purposely omitted from the text sent to you. Consideration is now being given whether substance of this paragraph can be included in your text.

Also please cable in what manner you plan to submit the note. Do you propose to present it directly to the Italian Government with the [Page 1306] British Ambassador presenting a similar note, or will a single note combining the American and British texts be drafted for presentation by the Allied Commission?