Foreign Relations, 1969-1976, Volume XI,
Released by the Office of the Historian
From the Department of State to the Embassy in
/1/ Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970-73, AID (US) 15-8 PAK. Confidential; Exdis. Drafted on July 23 by Laingen, cleared in AID by MacDonald, and approved by Van Hollen.
134643. 1. Following is uncleared memcon, FYI only, Noforn, subject to revision upon review.
During Ambassador Hilaly's call on Secretary July 23
(septel),/2/ Hilaly raised two requests in economic field; i.e., request
that USG expedite movement additional PL 480 wheat and provide additional funds
for leasing coastal vessels. He had told NESA Administrator MacDonald this
morning of his impression that some AID people were "dragging their
feet" on wheat shipments and issuance of PA's and had made strong case for
expeditious wheat movement. GOP was concerned about possible food shortage later
in year and worried that possible
/2/ See footnote 2, Document 104.
coastal vessels Hilaly said GOP needed an additional
one to two million dollars from US to hire up to half dozen coastal vessels of
3,000 ton capacity each. He had also raised this with MacDonald as important
additional step that could be taken to avert difficulties later. Secretary
assured Hilaly we would actively consider his
requests, noting that if famine does in fact develop later in year and food is
here and not in
Ambassador made brief reference to articles today's press quoting contents of
Department cables on possible food shortages
Comment: We plan call in Hilaly next week to apprise him fully of steps being taken by USG and to urge upon him essential need for GOP to take urgent steps on its side to put USG resources effectively to use.