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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

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  He remained in my office some length of time and there was a good
deal of talk not necessary to be rehearsed about the situation in Europe
and the Far East, the Brussels Conference 34 and the possibility of a
trade agreement being negotiated between our two governments.85
He revealed that he had attended a committee meeting at which the
only member who sharply opposed an agreement was the Minister of
Agriculture, who took the same position that had been taken by quite a
large number of the members of the House of Commons who are
against any agreement because of the fear the agricultural interests
of the United Kingdom may be sacrificed. He is firmly of the opinion
that the Prime Minister is extremely anxious to bring about an agree-
ment if the difficulties due to the opposition of some of the dominions
can be overcome.
                                               R. WALTON MOORE
811.0141 Phoenix Group/S0O
  Memorandum, of Conversation, by the Chief of the Division of
                   European Affairs (Moffat)
                               [WASHINGTON] December 29, 1937.
             Participants: The British Ambassador
                           Mr. Hugh Wilson 86
                           Mr. Pierrepont Moffat
  Mr. Wilson said that he had asked Sir Ronald to call when he Mas
in the Department on other business in order that he might speak to
him about the Pacific Islands to which the British and ourselves have
conflicting claims. Sir Ronald said that he had written a letter to the
Foreign Office, following his talk with Judge Moore of November 3,
which he had thought would "move mountains". Unfortunately he
had received nothing more than an acknowledgment and an intimation
that it would probably be some time more before the British were pre-
pared to reply. In the circumstances he would be only too glad to
pass on any further observations we might wish to make.
  Mr. Wilson said that we were perturbed at the slow tactics being
pursued by the British Government; that we felt it was very much to
the interest of both Governments to reach an amicable adjustment and
clear up outstanding claims; that there was plenty of room for both
our countries to be adequately supplied with islands; and that the
British Government might well find comfort in seeing us both estab-
lished in the Pacific area.
mSee vol. iv, pp. 155 if.
   See pp. 1 ff.
   Assistant Secretary of State.

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