865.51/5–246: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Acting Secretary of State 43


2108. Delsec 454 from the Secretary. Your Secdel 2004, May 1, noon.44 I perceive no reason to delay proposed Exim bank loan to Italy or prompt consideration of Italian application for fund and bank membership at early May meeting.45

  1. Secretary of State Byrnes was in Paris for the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers which took place April 25–May 15.
  2. Not printed.
  3. In the meeting of the National Advisory Council of May 7, “Mr. Clayton said he would like to bring up the question of a loan to Italy. Secretary Byrnes had informed them that nothing had happened which would make him want to postpone consideration of the loan. He suggested another meeting within the next couple of days.” (Item 5, Minutes, N.A.C. meeting, Lot 60–D 137: Box 1)