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President Kennedy Meets with British Foreign Secretary

Sept. 30, 1962 - President Kennedy and the Earl of Home, the British Foreign Secretary, discussed at the White House today ways of “containing further Communist expansion and subversion in the Caribbean.” The announcement in a joint statement that “they agreed on the serious nature of developments in Cuba” suggested that Britain may have altered her policy of regarding the Cuban affair as a matter of concern to the U.S. alone. But Mr. Kennedy and Lord Home were unable to work out a solution to the problem of the chartering of British and other Western Allied ships to the Soviet Union to carry petroleum and other strategic cargoes to Cuba. Lord Home was reported to have repeated for Mr. Kennedy the standing British view that the Government had no control over privately owned shipping and that no official restrictions were possible while Britain maintained diplomatic relations with Cuba.


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