130. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom 0

6441. Deptel 6411.1 There follows for your information Prime Minister’s reply of June 4 to President’s message contained reftel:

“Thank you for your message delivered on June 2 about fighter aircraft for India. We are now looking into this question as a matter of urgency and hope soon to be ready to concert a plan with you. One of our difficulties is that it may take a little time to step up the rate of production of Lightnings. We shall of course be ready to consider diverting existing orders to India, but this in its turn raises very troublesome questions.

In the meanwhile we are asking our High Commissioner in Delhi to talk in general terms to Mr. Nehru when he sees him on June 7, and to say [Page 262] that the Commonwealth Secretary will be raising this substantively when he visits Delhi on June 15.”

Prime Minister’s reply was sent directly to White House.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 791.5622/6-462. Secret; Priority; Limit Distribution; Verbatim Text. Drafted by Cameron, cleared by Bromley Smith, and approved by Talbot.
  2. Document 129.