299. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Pakistan1
Washington, March 11, 1958—6:27 p.m.
2293. At Ankara Noon raised with Secretary possibility USG buying Pakistan’s exportable surplus cotton which he estimated 700,000 tons.2 You may inform Noon:
- Department has carefully looked into matter as Secretary promised;
- Information available to Department and Embassy, subject GOP correction, indicates no burdensome surplus Pak cotton at present time;
- Because its own cotton problems, USG regrets it not in position buy exportable surplus cotton from any country;
- In informal manner and as appropriate Department and Embassy officials will continue try to provide helpful advice to permit GOP retain and strengthen various aspects its trade ties with free world.