845.00/5–445: Telegram

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

3897. With reference to my 3512 of May 4; repeated to New Delhi as my 342, same date.7 While Mr. Eden was in Washington before returning to London, I had an opportunity to say that I thought Mr. Stettinius had already spoken to him of our feeling that our prestige in the Far East would be greatly improved whenever a solution to the problem of India is found and that we must always reckon with the future development of “Asia for the Asiatics movement”. I added that progressive steps in India would tend to offset the strengthening of such a movement. Mr. Eden made no comment except to say that he did not believe that the Indian problem would be settled as long as Gandhi lived.

  1. Not printed; it repeated substance of telegram 10, April 28, from the Secretary of State at San Francisco, supra.