Conference files, lot 60 D 627, CF 324

The Secretary of State to the French Prime Minister (Mendès-France)1

My Dear Mr. President: I have received your letter of July 142 with reference to participation by the United States in the final stages of the Indochina phase of the Geneva Conference.

In the light of what you say and after consultation with President Eisenhower, I am glad to be able to inform you that the President is asking the Under Secretary of State, General Walter Bedell Smith, to prepare to return at his earliest convenience to Geneva to share in the work of the Conference on the basis of the understanding which we have arrived at.

I greatly appreciate the opportunity which we have had to confer together, and I believe that it has added a new chapter to the honorable and precious tradition of Franco-American cooperation.

Sincerely yours,

John Foster Dulles
  1. Text transmitted to the Department of State in telegram 179 from Paris, July 14. (751G.00/7–1454) Copies of the DullesMendès-France correspondence were provided to Foreign Secretary Eden who acknowledged receipt by letter of July 14. (Conference files, lot 60 D 627, CF 324)
  2. Supra.