262. Letter From President Eisenhower to President Tito1

Dear Mr. President: Your letter of September thirtieth2 constitutes a clear and welcome expression of your policies and I am impressed by your understanding of the major problems which affect the mutual interests of Yugoslavia and the United States. It is comforting to me in the present complexities of world problems to be assured of the resolution of Yugoslavia, as your message points out, to continue pursuing a policy of friendly collaboration with my country. [Page 680] I am sure that I need not stress my respect and admiration for your determination to maintain Yugoslavia’s hard-won independence.

I am indeed glad that the recent talks in Belgrade with Mr. Murphy cleared away some of the misunderstandings that had arisen.

Mr. John Foster Dulles, our Secretary of State, will shortly be participating in the conference of the four Foreign Ministers at Geneva, and he will, I am confident, bring to it the spirit for which you hope. Incident to his presence there, I know he is hoping early in November to pay you a visit. That would provide an additional opportunity to discuss some of the international problems in which you and I are so interested.

I am most grateful for your sympathetic references to my indisposition and your thoughtful wishes. May I at the same time express the hope that your cure at Brioni has been most beneficial and that this letter finds you fully restored and refreshed.


Dwight D. Eisenhower
  1. Source: Department of State, Presidential Correspondence: Lot 66 D 204, Presidential Correspondence with Tito. Dulles delivered this letter to Tito during his visit to Brioni on November 6; see infra.
  2. Document 260.
  3. Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.