367. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom1

1491. Please deliver following personal message from Secretary to Foreign Minister: [Page 648]

“Dear Selwyn: We are deeply concerned, as I know you are, about developments in Syria. It seems to us that there is now little hope of correction from within and that we must think in terms of the external … deep concern of the Moslem States having common borders with Syria. We must perhaps be prepared to take some serious risks to avoid even greater risks and dangers later on. We are giving this matter our most concentrated attention and will no doubt want to exchange views with you tomorrow or Friday.

Sincerely yours, Foster

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 783.00/8–2157. Top Secret; Niact; Limit Distribution. Drafted and signed by Dulles and cleared by Rountree.