Assurances sought by the United States that the United Kingdom would not oppose efforts by the United States to conclude bilateral civil air transport agreements with various governments in the Near and Middle East 1
1. Draft bilateral civil air transport agreements were submitted by the United States to several governments of the Near and Middle East in 1945. Documentation regarding discussions with Saudi Arabia is printed on pp. 845 ff., passim. For information on discussions with Iran and India, see p. 584 and vol. vi, p. 289, respectively. No separate documentation on discussions with Egypt, Greece, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, and Turkey is included in this volume except as found in this compilation. The proposals by the United States were in furtherance of gaining acceptance of the principles established in the International Air Transport Agreement, frequently referred to as the “Five Freedoms” Agreement, concluded on December 7, 1944, at the International Civil Aviation Conference held at Chicago from November 1 to December 7, 1944; for text of agreement, see Proceedings of the International Civil Aviation Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 1–December 7, 1944 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1948), vol. i, p. 179. Documentation on the Chicago Conference is printed in Foreign Relations, 1944, vol. ii, pp. 355 ff. For documentation on the efforts of the United States in 1945 to implement its international aviation policy, see vol. ii, pp. 1455 ff.
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 Memorandum by the Assistant Chief of the Aviation Division (Walstrom) to the Director of the Office of Near Eastern and African Affairs (Henderson)
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