860h.01/4–545: Telegram

The Ambassador in Yugoslavia (Patterson)39 to the Secretary of State

13. After calling on the Regents April 2, I exchanged calls with Marshal Tito and other members of the Government, and on April 4 [Page 1215] Tito gave a large dinner for the British, American and Soviet Ambassadors.

During our 55-minute talk on my initial visit to Tito he expressed most cordial sentiments towards the United States and hopes for our assistance in rebuilding Yugoslavia. I took occasion to bring up some questions of interest to us, such as facilities for Air Transport Command operations and establishment of a direct radio circuit to the United States, to which Tito gave favorable replies. I suggested that he make a short visit to the United States some time after the war and he seemed to like the idea.

In answer to a question, Tito said he was confident that the Germans will be forced out of Yugoslavia within 45 days.

Dr. Subasic told me that Tito is leaving for Moscow today on first formal visit to Stalin. Subasic disclaimed knowledge of any special object, but observed that with Soviet armies now surrounding most of Yugoslavia, there would be much to discuss at Moscow. Subasic will accompany Tito and is to return here to leave with the UNCIO40 delegation on April 12. During his absence Vice-Premier Kardelj will act as Foreign Minister.

Sent to Department, Caserta and Moscow.

  1. Ambassador Richard C. Patterson arrived in Belgrade on March 31, 1945.
  2. The United Nations Conference on International Organization, which met at San Francisco April 25 to June 26, 1945. See vol. i, pp. 1 ff.