865.6363/8–1745: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Winant )

7418. Urtel 8329, Aug. 17. Dept after discussions with British Petroleum Representative and Brit Emb Washington instructed AmEmb Rome in consultation with Brit Emb Rome to present oil supply arrangement to Italian Government. US communication parallels British draft given Barry by Bridgeman June 29. Only significant differences are (1) Dept’s communication states that “US Govt looks to Italian Govt for satisfactory assurances” on certain points where as Brit note in para. 8 states that “supplies of oil to Italy will be conditional” on certain things; and (2) while Dept’s communication states points (a), (b), and (d) of para. 8 of Brit note in substantially similar language it omits Brit point (c) on ground that this subject can more appropriately be dealt with in peace treaty.

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