returned for his concluding talk with Roosevelt at noon on June 7th. 45
Beneš expressed satisfaction with his comprehensive review of policies and decisions with Roosevelt and his closest aides, and with congressional and cabinet members too. At the end, Roosevelt expressed pleasure that they had reached a meeting of minds and that he now understood and generally approved the Czechoslovak position, especially vis-à-vis Germanyand the Soviet Union. To mark this understanding publicly, the status of representation between them was raised from that of minister of a legation to the rank of ambassador heading an embassy.
Before departing U.S. shores on June 9, 1943, in an Army Transport Command plane with Smutný and Téborsý, Beneš penned a fond thank-you note to Roosevelt. He wrote: "I found in your government and in the public opinion, the warmest sympathy for the cause of the Czechoslovak people, and I consider it a great privilege to have been able to witness your great war effort. "46 Roosevelt was not to be outdone in graciousness. He wrote with equal warmth in his bon voyage message to Beneš, aptly reflecting lessons learned, in part: "It has been most useful for us to have been able to consult... [as to] the most efficacious means to attain [our] goal... the unconditional defeat of the Axis forces... My best wishes... in your courageous efforts to liberate Czechoslovakia and restore your country and people to freedom and peace."47
Beneš departed from the United States, as he reported in successive cables to Jan Masaryk, with the conviction that, short of an alliance and frontier guarantees, Czechoslovakia would be assisted in its reconstitution by the United States.