845.00/12–1246: Telegram

The Chargé in the United Kingdom (Gallman) to the Secretary of State


10059. I had the opportunity today to talk with Jinnah at a luncheon given by him. During conversation I was able to touch on points brought out in paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 6 of Dept’s 8133 December 11.63

Jinnah said he appreciated sympathetic interest shown by US Government in political situation prevailing in India and he was especially appreciative of statement issued by Mr. Acheson on December 3rd. The problem of India, however, was a very complicated one and while leading US Government officials had shown an understanding of that problem, public in the States, and in fact throughout the world, was ill-informed. Much remained to [be] done to develop an informed world opinion. That, he seemed to think, had to be done first and that would take time.

During our talk Jinnah gave no evidence of thinking that a solution of the present impasse might be worked out within a reasonable time. He did not seem disturbed by this but seemed to view future developments coldly, calmly and in a very detached way.

Sent Department 10059; repeated New Delhi 61.

  1. Same as telegram 919 to New Delhi, supra.