282. Telegram From the Embassy in India to the Department of State1

1501. Embtel 1500.2 … Hanoi had asked GOI if they could send Education Minister Tacha (phonetic spelling) to New Delhi for confidential talks with GOI on VN situation and threat to peace there…

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Unless there is penetrating and non-routine reason to contrary, I think I might see Hanoi representative if and when he comes to New Delhi, and with appropriate discretion hear what he has to say and indicate that while US and GVN are not menacing and do not intend menace DRV we are serious in determination maintain independence SVN. Indians doubtless willing put forward idea of meeting as their suggestion.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 751K.00/11-2661. Secret; Priority; Limit Distribution. Repeated to Saigon and to Geneva for Harriman.
  2. In telegram 1500, November 26, Galbraith summarized his discussion that day regarding the question of Viet-Nam and particularly the ICC investigation of the Nam assassination. Galbraith observed that comments added little to the picture that the Department of State already had of the Indian Government’s views. (Ibid.)