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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1951. Asia and the Pacific (in two parts)
(1951)

South Asia: multilateral relations,   pp. 1650-2003 PDF (136.2 MB)


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120.43461E/3-2051
Memorandum by the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near
  Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs (Berry) to the Secretary
  of State
SECRET                             [WASHINGTON,] March 20, 1951.
Subject: South Asian Regional Conference, Ceylon
  The South Asian Regional Conference of United States Diplomatic
and Consular Officers, which was held in Nuwara Eliya, Ceylon from
February 26 to March 2, 1951 under the chairmanship of Assistant
Secretary McGhee, was attended by officials of our missions and con-
sular establishments in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Ceylon.
Representatives from Foreign Service posts in Iran, Burma, Indo-
China, Thailand, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom were also
present, as well as representatives from the Departments of Commerce,
Agriculture, and Defense, CIA and ECA.
  The meeting concerned itself with the problems confronting the
United States in its political, military, economic, cultural, and labor
relations with the countries of South Asia. Among its most significant
conclusions were (1) recognition of the importance of technical as-
sistance and economic grant aid as means of implementing United
States policy and combatting anti-Westernism in the conference area;
and (2) recognition of the potential military importance of Pakistan
with respect to the defense of South Asia and the Middle East.
  The agreed conclusions and recommendations of the conference are
attached herewith for your information (Tab A)."
  Mr. McGhee will summarize the results of the conference at the
Under Secretary's meeting after his return.
                             [Annex]
SOUTH ASIAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF UNITED STATES DIPLOMATIC
                     AND CONSULAR OFFICERS
                     NUwARAI  ELIYA, CEYLON
                   FEBRUARY 26-MARcH 2, 1951
           AGREED CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
                          PARTICIPANTS
From the Department of State:
  Hon. George C. McGhee, Assistant Secretary of State for Near
Eastern, South Asian and African Affairs, Chairman.
  Annex below. A more detailed record of the proceedings of the Nuwara Eliya
Conference, including summaries of discussion and the texts of working papers
prepared in advance by officers in Washington and in the field, will be found
in
Department of State file 120.4346E.
FOREIGN RELATIONS, 19 51., VOLUME VI
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