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The Chargé in Brazil (Key) to the Secretary of State

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1488. Chief of Protocol, Foreign Office, called on me this afternoon and left with me a memorandum reading in translation as follows:

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reached an agreement with the Soviet Embassy that the departure of the Soviet mission shall take place by Pan American Airways plane, via the US between November 1 and November 3, 1947.

On November 1, five members of the Soviet Embassy will depart, for New York, with most of the baggage, by the cargo vessel Bowplate.

The mission is composed of 35 persons which the Pan American will be able to transport between above dates (that is, the remaining 30 persons).

In order to effect this departure, it is essential that the Brazilian mission in Moscow be permitted to depart at the same time, for which [Page 404] purpose the Ministry would appreciate if the Embassy of the US (in Moscow) were good enough to reach an agreement with the Soviet Government to negotiate the simultaneous departure of the two missions, informing this Ministry, as urgently as possible of whatever arrangements are made through the Embassy of the US in Moscow.”

He expressed hope that Soviet Government would act promptly in this matter.

Department relay Moscow.