689.90D/2–251: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in Pakistan 1

top secret
priority

462. From McGhee. Secy has again considered US position (Embtel 685 Jan 30) and believes it shld remain same as indicated in his Nov 17 talk with Zafrulla and US aide-mémoire Nov 30.

We have never questioned validity Durand Line but believe we cannot explicitly state our position at this time without completely [Page 1943]altering basis Nov 6 approach. We wld reconsider this position if talks break down.

You may convey above to FonOff. Pak Emb here not informed. [McGhee.]

Acheson
  1. Repeated by air to London, New Delhi, and Kabul.