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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1943. The Near East and Africa
(1943)

Ethiopia,   pp. 82-123 PDF (15.2 MB)


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ETHIOPIA
ETHIOPIAN REQUESTS FOR LEND-LEASE AID, FINANCIAL ASSIST-
  ANCE, AND TECHNICAL ADVISERS FROM THE UNITED STATES
884.24/93: Telegram
       The Consul at Asmara (Smith) to the Secretary of State
                                  ASmARA, January 2, 1943-noon.
                                            [Received 3: 55 p. m.]
  1. Reference my telegram dated December 12, 11 a. m.1 Have just
received the following telegram from Ethiopian Foreign Minister
  "I am commanded by His Imperial Majesty 2 to request you to be so
good as to convey the expression of his gratefulness to President
Roosevelt for the announcement of lease and lend authorization to
Ethiopia.3 Furthermore, I am commanded by His Imperial Majesty
to ask you if it is possible for you to call on us to discuss matters of
vital importance.["]
  I recommend appointment Commanding Officer of Eritrea Service
Command, Colonel Edwin Clark, graduate of West Point and Harvard
Law.                                                      SMITH
884.24/95: Telegram
      The Consul at Asqmara (Smith) to the Secretary of State
                                 AsSAY, January 6,1943-11 a. m.
                                 [Received January 8-5: 52 p. m.]
  3. I have been requested to forward the following telegram to
President Roosevelt.
  "I thank you for your wishes which I reciprocate and am grateful
Mr. Talbot Smith, your Consul, informing me that you have made
Ethiopia eligible for lease-lend assistance. I wish to assure you that
every possible wish will be made that lease-lend assistance should be
used to the best interest of the United Nations towards the war effort.
We are expecting Mr. Talbot Smith to visit us at Addis Ababa
0hortly in order to discuss fully lease-lend arrangements. Haile
Selassie".
  See my telegrams December 12, 11 a. M.,4 January 1 [2], noon.
                                                        [SMITH]
 1 Not printed; it suggested "appointment Commanding Officer Eritrea
Service
 Command United States of America as agent lend-lease for Ethiopia"
and
requested information as to how aid would be extended (884.24/91).
2 Haile Selassie I.
3 Department of State Bulletin, December 12,1942, p. 999.
'Not printed.
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