740.00119 Council/12–845: Telegram

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

2477. Please inform Molotov that I am pleased with his agreement with our proposals regarding the agenda for the meeting of the Foreign Secretaries.

On our part we would have no objection to the transfer of our first point on the agenda—that relating to atomic energy—to the end.

It would be difficult for us to arrive at any definite understanding regarding our troops in China in the absence of representatives of the Government of China. If satisfactory to you and Mr. Bevin, we should be glad, however, to have an informal exchange of views on the withdrawal of allied troops from all independent states other than Japan and Germany.

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It is understood, of course, that the final agenda will be drawn up by mutual agreement when we meet.