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January 14-24, 1943 Casablanca Conference

Casablanca Conference

President Roosevelt began the year, 1943, by flying to Morocco to meet Prime Minister Churchill and French representatives in Casablanca. It was the first time a President of the United States had flown while in office. The Casablanca Conference lasted from January 14 to the 24th , 1943. The most notable achievement of the conference was the decision to demand unconditional surrender from Germany– an agreement they announced at the end of the conference. The leaders also resolved to mount a campaign against Sicily– while at the same time, beginning the buildup in forces for the cross-channel invasion. When the conference ended, Churchill accompanied F.D.R. to the airport. Once Churchill said goodbye to Roosevelt, he instructed his aid that they needed to leave immediately. Churchill stated, regarding Franklin Roosevelt: "I don't like to see him takeoff, it makes me far too nervous. If anything happened to that man I couldn't' stand it. He is the truest friend; he has the farthest vision; he is the greatest man I have ever known."