374 Legation in Washington to

Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 118 (extract) WASHINGTON, 13 June 1940

Your telegram No. 70 [1], we have arranged United States Government will represent Australian interests in Italy in same way as in Germany and countries occupied by Germany. But as advised in our telegram 90 [2] they desire formal confirmation that Commonwealth Government wish arrangement made in August to apply to them. We suggest we be authorized to give this without further delay even if detailed financial arrangements cannot be finalised until later. [3]

1 Dated 13 June 1940, on file AA: A981, Consuls 7A, i. It read in part: 'We assume that United States Government will represent our interests in Italy in accordance with arrangements made in August last concerning general representation of British Commonwealth in enemy countries.' 2 On file AA: A981, Consuls 7A, i.

3 This was done. See copy of note from Casey to Cordell Hull, U.S.

Secretary of State, 20 June 1940 (enclosure to dispatch 141/40 from Washington Legation, on file AA: A981, Consuls 7A, i).

[AA: A981, ITALY 33]