of State to the Ambassador in Italy (Luce)
I think I did reassure him with respect to the importance we attach to Trieste. I hope he does not feel that Trieste is lost in our thinking about other matters. In fact, I am constantly thinking of the Trieste problem. When I was in London ten days ago, Anthony Eden and I had a full review from our ambassadors with respect to developments. I think some progress is being made, but all too slowly. I did what I could to speed matters up.
If I do not have to return via Paris, I may return via Milan, and accept Scelba’s invitation to meet with him thereabouts. If I do that, I would of course hope that you could be present.
With many thanks for the last paragraph of your letter, I am