740.0011 P.W./6–1645: Telegram

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

1002. Italian Embassy last March requested permission for Italy to declare war on Japan. We are today delivering to Italian Embassy note indicating we would welcome such declaration, thus extending to conflict with common enemy in Far East that solidarity with United Nations which Italian Government and people have recently demonstrated against common enemy in Europe. We add that this involves no commitment on Allied resources or shipping. (Our 994, June 1413).

Please inform ACI14 after consulting your British colleague who may wish to take similiar action.

To Rome as 1002. Repeated London as 4853, Moscow as 1325, Paris as 2786.

  1. Same as telegram 1304 to Moscow, p. 960.
  2. Advisory Council for Italy.