299. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Pakistan 1

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.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 890D.2321/3–1158. Secret. Drafted by Henry W. Spielman and approved by Rountree.
  2. The meeting took place on January 28. (Department of State, Secretary’s Memoranda of Conversation: Lot 64 D 199)