711.67/5–446: Telegram

The Ambassador in Turkey ( Wilson ) to the Secretary of State

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507. Secretary General Foreign Office tells me Turkish Ambassador Paris40 reported 2 days ago that when he was presented with others to Secretary Byrnes,41 latter took him by arm, led him aside and spoke to him in most friendly manner. Secretary said that in past US had perhaps not known Turkey and Turkey’s problems very well but now US was well posted concerning Turkey, takes great interest in problems affecting Turkey, and has real and sincere friendship for Turkey. Erkin said Turkish Government was deeply touched and grateful for what Secretary Byrnes had said.

Wilson
  1. Numan R. Menemencioglu.
  2. Mr. Byrnes was in Paris attending the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, which was held April 25–May 15, 1946.