462. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Thailand1

1931. Joint State–ICA–Defense. Department’s 1102.2 Despite inclusion in Thai Cabinet several ministers whose foreign policy views are questionable, appears from official position taken by Government leaders (example Government policy statement and Thanom New Year address), as well as Embassy analysis (Embtel 1896)3 that Government is maintaining favorable posture re collective security, Communism and Free World. Therefore unless you see objection we are prepared proceed with normal programming and obligational process for current fiscal year.4

For USOM: Have received and are processing FY 58 operational program (Toica A–989).5

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 792.00/1–2458. Secret. Drafted by Bushner and Walter G. Stoneman of ICA, cleared with the Department of Defense, and approved by Gardner Palmer.
  2. In telegram 1102, October 24, 1957, State, ICA, and Defense expressed concurrence in the aid program approach proposed in telegram 1056 from Bangkok October 5, 1957, which is printed in Foreign Relations, 1955–1957, vol. XXII, p. 938.
  3. See footnote 3, Document 458.
  4. In telegram 2190 from Bangkok, January 28, the Country Team concurred. (Department of State, Central Files, 792.00/1–2858)
  5. Not printed.