THE WHITE HOUSENATIONAL SECURITY ACTION MEMORANDUM NO. 291
March 20, 1964
The Secretary of StateThe President is quite concerned over the prospect that we may very quickly lose our base rights in Libya. While fully recognizing that events may be moving so fast that we will be unable to hold on for much longer, he desires that we make every reasonable effort to prolong our stay, consistent with our longer-term objective of preserving the independence and stability of Libya.
The Secretary of Defense
He asks that the Department of State, in conjunction with other interested agencies, prepare an action program to this end, which he would like to review by 10 April.
Source: Department of State, S/S-NSC Files: Lot 72 D 316, NSAM 291. Secret (declassified).