The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Brazil (Berle)
1814. Kef Dept’s circulars July 16, 8 and 9 a.m.74 You will realize problem discussed in your 2275 July 19 goes beyond authority of Dept. I have taken up with Secretary Byrnes problem in other American republics arising from President’s directive July 575 and Dept is pursuing the subject urgently with appropriate agencies here.
Your description of situation created in Brazil most helpful. Will inform you as soon as our position is clarified. At present moment problem in Brazil insofar as Navy Lend-Lease is concerned does not appear serious, although Army position presents difficulties.
- Circular telegram of July 16, 8 a.m., not printed; for circular sent at 9 a.m., see p. 243.↩
- Directive to the Joint Chiefs of Staff limiting the issue of lend-lease munitions of war and military and naval equipment to that which would be used in the war against Japan. For text, see Foreign Relations, The Conference of Berlin (The Potsdam Conference), 1945, vol. i, p. 818.↩