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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

Norway,   pp. 517-524 PDF (2.7 MB)


Page 517


NORWAY
PRELIMINARY DISCUSSIONS RESPECTING A TRADE AGREEMENT
          BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND NORWAY'
611.5731/159
Memorandum by Mr. Hugh S. Cumming, Jr., of the Di'ision of
                        European Affairs
                                 [WASHINGTON] January 7, 1937.
  The Norwegian Minister2 called on Mr. Sayre8 this afternoon.
Mr. Cumming was present during the conversation.
  Mr. Morgenstierne said that he had now received from his govern-
ment an indication of the nature of the agricultural concessions Nor-
way would consider granting us should it be found possible to proceed
with the negotiation of a trade agreement. He added that he wished
he had been informed of these concessions at the time of his conversa-
tion with Mr. Sayre on November 18, 1936.4
  Mr. Sayre replied that he did not think our attitude would have
been changed in any fundamental way if we had been informed earlier
of Norway's possible concessions to us; and that he was still of the
opinion that it would not be well advised to make any public move at
this time with regard to a trade agreement with Norway, but we should
await the passage by Congress of the new Trade Agreement Act.6
  Mr. Morgenstierne thought that it was now too late to conclude even
a partial agreement before the end of the whaling season in May, and
that his government would, therefore, prefer to wait until later in
the year before taking any further steps. It could then re-examine the
whole situation in the light of conditions obtaining at that time.
  It was finally agreed by Mr. Sayre and Mr. Morgenstierne that it
would be best for each government to mark time pending at least the
passage of the new Act, and then at a suitable time subsequent the
question could be reopened and a decision reached according to the
circumstances.
  Mr. Sayre added that negotiations, if eventually decided upon.
might be facilitated if in the meantime the Norwegian Government
continued exploratory studies on their desiderata.
lContinued from Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. II, pp. 396401.
2 Wilhelm  unthe de Morgenstierne.
3Francis B. Sayre, Assistant Secretary of State.
'Memorandum of conversation not printed.
'Trade Agreements Act of June 12, 1934, as extended by Joint Resolution of
Congress, March 1, 1937; 50 Stat. 24.
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