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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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883.00/218
The Secretary of State to Senator Owen
WASHINGTON, December 16, 1919.
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of
November 29th last, in which you inquire as to the effect of this
Government's recognition of the so-called protectorate proclaimed by
Great Britain over Egypt on December 18, 1914.
In reply I beg to state that the Department does not understand
that Egypt was, prior to the British proclamation of December 18,
1914, in possession of full independent sovereign rights.
The effect of this Government's qualified recognition of April,
1919, was to acknowledge with the reservation set forth at that time
only such control of Egyptian affairs as had been set forth in the
notice of the British Government transmitted to the Department on
December 18, 1914, a copy of which is enclosed.8
It is assumed that it is the purpose of Great Britain to carry out
the assurances given by King George the Fifth of England to the
late Sultan of Egypt, as published in the London Times of Decem-
ber 21, 1914.
I have [etc.]                              ROBERT LANSING
883.00/218: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Agent and Consul General at Cairo
(Gary)
WASHINGTON, December 22, 1919, 1 p.M.
Confidential. Egyptian Delegation here had published in the press
today extracts from a note from the Secretary of State to Senator
Owen dated December 16 in reply to an inquiry from the Senator as
to the effect of this Government's recognition of the protectorate
proclaimed by Great Britain over Egypt on December 18, 1914.
Extracts were published in such a manner that some people might
deduce that the American Government was unfavorably disposed
toward the so-called British protectorate.
British Embassy here fears that same may be telegraphed to Cairo
with a view of stirring up trouble. If anything appears in the
Egyptian press in regard to this letter inform the Department fully
at once so that if necessary further instructions may be sent you.
LANSING
8 See Foreign Relation8, 1914, Supplement, pp. 152-153.
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EGYPT


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