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The Ambassador in Venezuela ( Corrigan ) to the Secretary of State

1020. Respectfully suggest that no useful purpose would be served by thanking Junta President as suggested in Deptel 700, Oct 30, 3 p.m. So long as relations between oil companies and Junta are good feel that Embassy should keep out of forefront of oil picture.

My own and staff relations with Betancourt range from friendly to intimate. I shall take opportunity to call on him in near future.