Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
132 — The Prime Minister of Australia to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Prime Minister of Australia to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
The following telegram has been received from the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs in reply to my telegram of 1 May:3page 99
The matter was considered in Cabinet this morning. If the US 2 convoy were allowed to proceed normally beyond Colombo, it still would be possible to divert it before entering the Red Sea should the situation require it. In the circumstances we [suggest ?] that this course be followed and if, as we hope, the Commonwealth Government agree, we should be glad if they would arrange accordingly for a further signal to be sent to the Commander of the escort. As indicated in my telegram (No. 127), we hope to telegraph tomorrow the general appreciation for which you have asked.
My telegram immediately following contains the text of our reply.