199. Telegram From the Embassy in Italy to the Department of State1

6311. Subject: Chirec.

1. Foreign Ministry Secretary General Gaja has requested Chargé to call on him at 7:00 p.m. this evening, Rome time. GRC Ambassador has been asked by Gaja come at 6:00 p.m. We understand from separate source that purpose is to inform GRC Ambassador and US of GOI’s intention to announce recognition PRC.

2. Final Paris meeting now scheduled for tomorrow, November 4, to confirm and sign joint communiqué. If no hitches develop, recognition announcement will take place November 6.

  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 695, Country Files—Europe, Italy, Vol. II. Confidential; Priority; Exdis.