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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1936. The Near East and Africa

Egypt,   pp. 8-33 PDF (9.1 MB)

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Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Trade Agreements
                                [WASHINGTON,] January 16, 1936.
  The Egyptian Minister ' called to inquire as to the prospects of a
trade agreement with Egypt, and I explained that the situation had
not changed particularly since I last talked with him. I repeated
what I had said to him some months ago, that we were desirous of
completing a number of the agreements now pending before consider-
ing additional countries. I said that we were interested in agreements
with all countries but that we could not take up actively the matter
of a trade agreement with Egypt at the moment although this did
not indicate any lack of interest on our part in the matter.
  He was rather insistent in pressing for some indication of when
the matter might be taken up and I stated that this would depend a
good deal on our success in closing pending agreements and on our
appraisal of the general agricultural situation when that has been
done. He inquired about the Spanish agreement and I told him that
it was not yet ready for signature though we were hoping for fairly
early consummation
                                                HElRy F. GRADY
Memorandum by the As8istant Chief of the Division of Near Eastern
                        Affairs (A ling)
                                [WASHINGTON,] February 3, 1936.
  The Egyptian Minister called on Mr. Sayre 2 today and said that
he was interested in furthering the idea of closer commercial and
agricultural relations between the two countries. As evidence of the
interest of the Egyptian Government in the growth of commercial
relations he pointed out that at the time of his appointment as
Egyptian Minister the King of Egypt had issued a statement favoring
an increase in such relations. Soon thereafter the then Prime Min-
ister, Nessim Pasha, had granted an interview to the United Press
'Mohamed Amine Youssef.
2Francis B. Sayre, Assistant Secretary of State.

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