867N.01/10–2045: Telegram

The Chargé in Syria (Porter) to the Secretary of State

70. On October 18 Saudi Arabian Legation here requested Syrian Press Bureau to distribute to newspapers texts of Ibn Saud’s letter [Page 784] of March 10, 194579 to President Roosevelt and President Roosevelt’s reply of April 5. Texts received front page treatment in all local newspapers on Friday, but public is apathetic. Release had little news value because Reuter’s despatches had for weeks been hinting at contents of above-mentioned exchange of letters.

  1. See footnote 39, p. 692.