740.00119 Council/11–2445: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Harriman ) to the Secretary of State


3945. Late last night I delivered to Molotov1 personally your message to him2 received via Army channels. He was obviously much pleased at your suggestion and said that the idea appealed to him personally, though he would of course have to consult his Government. He commented “it is a good thing that Mr. Byrnes recalled that the three of us could meet independently”, and added that he was most anxious to know what subjects you had in mind discussing. I told him I had no specific information but I assumed all open questions between us, mentioning the arranging for another meeting of the Foreign Ministers Council, Far Eastern questions, civil strife in China, disturbing developments in Iran, Bulgaria, etc. I said I assumed that each of the three secretaries might wish to make prior suggestions for the agenda in order that all might be prepared to discuss them but that in addition the meeting would be as usual informal and any one could bring up additional matters that the others were willing to discuss.

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  1. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs.
  2. Telegram No. 2382, November 23, noon, to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union, not printed; in this telegram, Mr. Byrnes had suggested a December meeting of the Foreign Ministers at Moscow (740.00119 Council/11–2345).