Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State1
Subject: Admission of Italy into the United Nations
|Participants:||Ambassador Tarchiani, Italian Embassy|
|The Secretary of State|
|Mr. Homer M. Byington, Jr., WE|
Ambassador Tarchiani said that one impression he had received very strongly during his visit to Italy was the concern of public opinion that Italy was tending to be pushed on the sidelines when main issues were discussed. He felt that the Italian people were very much aware of Italy’s failure to obtain admission into the United Nations and that there was some impression that Italy’s allies had not supported her strongly enough in that connection. He said that if Communist China were to be admitted into the UN and Italy not, the resultant reaction on Italian public opinion would be most unfavorable.2 I said that as he knew, we were strongly in favor of Italian admission into the UN.