857.20/3–1248: Telegram

The Ambassador in Norway ( Bay ) to the Secretary of State

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us urgent

146. In our conversation yesterday Foreign Minister Lange reverted to question of possible military support for Norway particularly from US in case of need (Embtel 134, March 91) stating he [Page 49] had informed government he would indicate to me importance of ascertaining US attitude regarding nature and extent of aid Norway might expect in event of pressure or attempted occupation by Soviet. All members of Cabinet supported him. Government obviously deeply worried regarding US thinking on this question and is hopeful that at least crumb of information or suggestion of policy may be forthcoming from Washington.

Department’s instructions will be helpful (Embtel 88, February 19, Deptel 78, February 252).

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