689.90D/1–1951: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Gifford) to the Secretary of State


4009. Lloyd,1 SEA Department, informs us Bevin yesterday made unsuccessful attempt persuade Liaquat accept US proposals re Afghan-Pakistani conversations. (Embtel 3989, January 18).2 Liaquat stated he was unable accept so long as US refuses affirm validity Durand Line.3

Repeated info Kabul 14, Karachi 63.

  1. J. O. Lloyd, Assistant, South-East Asia Department, British Foreign Office.
  2. Not printed, but see footnote 3, supra.
  3. In telegram 656, from Karachi, January 20, Ambassador Warren reported as follows: “Zafrulla confirmed to me this morning that Bevin and Liaquat have discussed Pakistani-Afghan relations in the course of their general review of political matters. He said that he will ask the Prime Minister to give me an answer. I think it would be a mistake should the Afghan Charge issue a press statement before the Department has a statement of Liaquat’s position.” (689.90D/1–2051)