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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1941. Europe
(1941)

Iceland,   pp. 755-792 PDF (14.3 MB)


Page 755


                         ICELAND
NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED KING-
DOM, AND ICELAND REGARDING ICELANDIC TRADE; LEND-LEASE
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ICELAND
611.59A31/8
  The Icelandic Consul General at New York City (Thors) to the
                      Secretary of State
                                 NEW YORK CITY, July 14, 1941.
                                            [Received July 15.]
  SIR: I have the honor to inform you that I have received a message
from my Government that they consider it necessary that a delegation
be sent from the United States Government to Iceland to discuss trade
and commercial relations between Iceland and the United States with
the Icelandic Government.
  I should appreciate learning at the earliest possible opportunity
what would be the opinion of the United States Government con-
cerning this matter.
  Accept [etc.]                                    THOR THORS
611.59A31/22
         The British Embassy to the Department of State
  Since Iceland was occupied by British forces in May, 1940, the
British Government have regarded themselves as responsible for Ice-
land's welfare and have done their best (a) to buy Iceland's products
and (b) to supply her needs, including the purchase in the United
States and Canada of goods which could not be supplied by the United
Kingdom.
  At the time of the landing of their forces in Iceland, the United
States Government undertook to further the interests of Iceland and
by every means in their power to supply the country with sufficient
necessities to provide shipping and to make favourable commercial
agreements.
  His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom now proposes
to the United States Government that the two Governments shall co-
operate closely in fulfilling under present conditions the parallel ob-
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