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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1934. Europe, Near East and Africa
(1934)

Switzerland,   pp. 734-741 PDF (2.9 MB)


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SWITZERLAND
PRELIMINARY DISCUSSIONS RESPECTING A TRADE AGREEMENT
        BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND SWITZERLAND
 611.5431/48
   The Swiss Minister (Peter) to the Assistant Secretary of State
                             (Sayre)
                                         WASHINGTON, May 7,1934.
  MY DEAR MR. SAYRE: Pursuant to our conversation of this morning,
I beg to confirm that if and when the necessary powers for entering
into foreign trade agreements are granted the President of the United
States Imy Government will be glad to be included among the coun-
tries with which the American Government will study the possibilities
of concluding an agreement such as provided by the bill actually under
discussion in Congress.
  It is well understood that nothing can be done before the law is
passed and before the organization for making the preliminary studies
is developed, but the Swiss Government hopes that some exploratory
conversations will take place as soon as the American Government
shall deem it advisable.
  Believe me [etc.]                                  MARC PETER
611.54Al/52
  Memorandum by the Assistant Chief of the Treaty Division
                           (McClure)
                                    [WASHINGTON,] June 16, 1934.
  Mr. Micheli2 called at my office on June 14, 1934, and, after discuss-
ing the new tariff act,3 stated that Switzerland desired to begin nego-
tiations with the United States for a reciprocal trade agreement. He
said that his Government would be ready to begin actual negotiations
as soon as this Government should notify it that the time was also
convenient from the point of view of the United States. He said that,
of course, a brief time would be necessary in order to bring an expert
1 Powers granted by Congress June 12, 1934; 48 Stat. 943.
2 Louis H. Micheli, Counselor of the Swiss Legation.
3Reciprocity Tariff Act of June 12, 1934; 48 Stat. 943.
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