740.0011 PW/5–345

Memorandum of Conversation, by Mr. William Phillips, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State

During his conversation this afternoon, the Ambassador5 referred again to Italy’s desire to declare war against Japan. This desire had been expressed as far back as October last, and no reply has been received. He mentioned that in conversation with President Roosevelt, the latter had told him by all means declare war against Japan. On the other hand, Italy’s position did not permit any such action without Allied consent, and it was this consent that he had been most anxious to obtain before the surrender of Germany. He felt that there was still time to do something about it.

William Phillips
  1. Alberto Tarchiani, Italian Ambassador.