711.60D/8–2145: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Secretary of Mission in Finland (Hulley)

142. Department has released following statement

“On August 20 the Secretary of State announced that the United States Representative in Helsinki had been instructed to propose to the Finnish Government the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Finland. In view of the favorable response received from the Finnish Government, diplomatic relations between the United States and Finland are being established as of midnight, Friday, August 31, 1945. The Legation at Helsinki will function from that date as a combined diplomatic and consular office. Benjamin M. Hulley, First Secretary of the Legation, will act as Chargé d’Affaires ad Interim pending the appointment of a Minister.”6

  1. United States Representative Hamilton was recalled to Washington on August 18, and left Helsinki on August 22.