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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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constitute a formal agreement between the two governments does not
require the purchase of any specified quantity of wheat but operates
only when purchases are made. The existence of this arrangement is
not made public but it is entered into between the Hungarian exporters
and the Italian importers directly.
  In the opinion of the Italian officials it does not constitute a prefer-
ence but they desired frankly and confidentially to acquaint the De-
partment with its terms.
711.652/137: Telegram
   The Ambassador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State
                                 ROME, December 14, 1937-noon.
                                 [Received December 14-7 a. m.]
  515. My 509, December 10, and Department's 183, November 27.
The Foreign Office is most desirous of proceeding tomorrow at the
latest to an exchange of notes putting into effect the "temporary ar-
rangement" and has asked whether the Embassy could request imme-
diate instructions to cover this point. This would involve only a
reply to the Italian memorandum concerning the Department's inter-
pretation of article 8 and consideration of the proposed amendment
of form. The Foreign Office would appreciate it if a reply could be
sent so as to reach the Embassy this evening to allow time to prepare
for the exchange of notes tomorrow.
  I hope to see the Minister again this afternoon with respect to the
     Memorandum of Conversation, by Mr. Melvin L. Leap of
                      the Treaty Divsion
                               [WASHINGTON] December 14, 1937.
Participants: Signor Fulvio de Suvich, Ambassador of Italy,
              Mr. Sayre, Mr. Dunn, Mr. Tittman and Mr. Leap.
  The Italian Ambassador called on Mr. Sayre at 12 o'clock noon
today at his own request. He said he had received a telegram from
his Government asking him to inquire at the State Department as to
whether there was anything that could be done to expedite signature
of the temporary arrangement which had been proposed by this Gov-
ernment for governing commercial relations between the two countries
during the interim between the date on which the treaty of 1871 ex-

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