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Exchange of Messages With Prime Minister Nehru of India.

November 23, 1949

My dear Mr. Prime Minister:

I have received with appreciation your gracious letter and your portrait sent upon your departure from the United States. You may be assured that your visit has been a source of great pleasure not only to me, but to the American people.

With kindnest personal regards and best wishes,

Very sincerely yours,


[His Excellency Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India]

Note: Prime Minister Nehru's letter, dated New York City, November 6, and released with the President's reply, follows:

My dear Mr. President:

I am leaving the United States tomorrow on my way back home. On the eve of my departure, I must again convey to you my deep gratitude for your great kindness and hospitality. I have spent three and a half weeks in this great and wonderful country and have been greatly impressed by what I have seen and heard. Above all I have been moved by the generous and warm-hearted welcome that I have received everywhere from all classes of people and the goodwill that has been shown not only to me but to my country also. I am sure that my people have also been moved, as I have been, and that this visit of mine has led to a deeper understanding between our respective countries leading to closer bonds in future.

For all this I am greatly beholden to you, Mr. President, and to your Government. The arrangements made for my rapid and extensive tour in this vast country were perfect and, because of this, I was enabled to visit many important cities and institutions as well as some rural areas. I shall carry back with me unforgettable impressions and memories of this visit of mine to the United States and of the great generosity and warm-heartedness of the people here.

With my high regards for Mrs. Truman, and assuring you, Mr. President, of my respect and high consideration, I am
Very sincerely yours,

Harry S Truman, Exchange of Messages With Prime Minister Nehru of India. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/229811

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