In October 1943, in Moscow, Allied foreign ministers decided, amongst other matters, to establish the European Advisory Council, a forum in which the USA, the Soviet Union and the UK could consult on the future of Europe. No other continent was deemed to require an ‘Advisory Council’. A conference communiqué emerged on behalf of ‘the Big Four’ (though China, ‘the Fourth’, had not played a part in drafting it). It was agreed that the ‘Big Three’ should meet in Iran in late November 1943. The locations of these meetings, and who was present, revealed the way the world’s wind was blowing. Roosevelt did not come to London. Stalin did not come to ‘the West’. The next ‘away’ location for Roosevelt and Churchill was Cairo in November 1943.
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