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December 31, 1946

TELEGRAM FROM WASHINGTON TO NEW DELHI, 'QUESTION OF DISPATCHING OF GOODWILL MISSION TO LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES'

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    This report describes the food crisis in India and suggests the dispatch of a goodwill mission to Latin American countries
    "Telegram from Washington to New Delhi, 'Question of Dispatching of Goodwill Mission to Latin American Countries'," December 31, 1946, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, File No: 29(2)-X/47. Obtained by Ryan Musto. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/133951
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File No: 29(2)-X/47

Question of Dispatching of goodwill mission to Latin American countries

FROM: Bajpai, Washington

TO: Foreign, New Delhi

DATE: December 31, 1946 (received 1st January 1947)

Tel: 152

SECRET

Please refer to my telegram No. 151 dated December 31st to Food Department

The food crisis in India has already brought Argentine, and now Cuba as possible sources of supply. The predominantly agricultural economy of Latin America is complementary rather than supplementary to ours. In any case the possibilities of mutual advantage through direct intercourse seems worth investigating. India probably has not sufficient trained man-power to establish diplomatic or even consular relations with all Latin American Republics. Only ad hoc investigation can help to determine what is desirable and what is feasible in developing our relations with countries which geographically occupy more than a continent, which politically muster more than one third of total votes in the United Nations, and which economically present a picture rich in accomplishment and even richer in opportunity. The dispatch of a Goodwill Mission of courtesy and enquiry to these countries in the near rather than the remote future would seem well worth considering.