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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

Egypt,   pp. 201-209 PDF (3.0 MB)


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EGYPT
RECOGNITION BY THE UNITED STATES OF THE BRITISH
PROTECTORATE
123G193/3a
The Acting Secretary of State to the Agent and Consul General at
Cairo (Gary), before leaving for his post
WASHINGTON, November 2, 1917.
SIR: Referring to your appointment by the President as Agent
and Consul General of the United States at Cairo, Egypt, I have to
inform you that this Government is advised through the American
Ambassador at London' that, for the present, the British Govern-
ment would prefer that no formal letter of credence be issued to
you but that that Government would, upon the receipt of official
notification of your appointment, secure for you the same measure of
effective recognition as is enjoyed by your colleagues of equal rank
at Cairo. The Ambassador further advises that it is the policy of
the British Foreign Office not to issue exequaturs in respect of foreign
consular appointments in Egypt in the present circumstances.
The American Ambassador at London has been given instructions
by cable 1 to notify the British Government officially of your appoint-
ment and to request it to secure for you the recognition promised.
You are, therefore, instructed, on your arrival in Cairo, to exhibit
this letter to the appropriate authorities as an identification of your
official status, both as Agent and Consul General of the United
States of America at Cairo, Egypt.
I am [etc.]                               FRANK L. POLK
[23G193/6
The Agent and Consul General at Cairo (Gary) to the Secretary of
State
No. 5                           CAIRO, February 18, 1918.
[Received April 9.]
SIR: I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of my note of
January 25, 1918,2 to General Sir Reginald Wingate, British High
Commissioner to Egypt, in which I officially informed His Excel-
lency of my appointment as Diplomatic Agent and Consul-General to
Egypt, and that I had on that day assumed the duties of my office.
'Telegram not printed.
2Not printed.
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