110.11 DU/5–1454: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the United States Delegation 1

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775. For Under Secretary from Secretary. If you deem appropriate, please deliver following personal message to Bidault from me:

“Dear Georges: Am delighted that you are carrying on. I know this is good for France and for the friendship which has so long well served our two countries. I think I can appreciate the heavy burdens which you are compelled to carry. I have confidence that you will do so in a manner which will enhance the prestige of your country.2 I hope we can increasingly find ways for cooperation to mutual advantage at this critical moment. Foster3

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  1. Drafted by the Secretary of State.
  2. The U.S. Delegation informed the Secretary of State in telegram Secto 244, May 18, that the fourth sentence had been changed to read “The way you are doing it has done much to enhance the prestige of your country.” (396.1 GE/5–1854)
  3. Bidault’s reply, transmitted to the Department of State in telegram Dulte 87, May 19, was as follows: “Thanks for your friendly message. I know you are not unaware of either our difficulties or our efforts. I have confidence in this understanding and in our friendship to strengthen the close relations between our two countries essential for the good of all.” (110.11 DU/5–1954)