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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

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  The Government of the United States realizes fully that the ques-
tions involved in world economic rehabilitation cannot be divorced
from other questions underlying world recovery, upon the successful
solution of which questions world peace and national security must
in the last analysis depend. It had hoped to find a way in which the
Governments of Great Britain and of the United States might appro-
priately cooperate to the attainment of these great ends, within the
limits of their respective national policies. But it would not be pos-
sible for the Government of the United States at this juncture to
refrain from making it clear in all candor, while in the most friendly
fashion, that such possible cooperation on the part of the United
States must necessarily be premised upon the positive understanding
that the Government of Great Britain is in fact disposed to take part
in a practical manner in advancing the cause of world peace by coop-
erating in turn with the United States in its endeavor to bring about
the elimination of those restrictions which today are stifling legiti-
mate international trade.
  The Government of the United States recognizes fully that every
government has the fullest right to adopt and to pursue such policies
relating to peace and economic conditions as that government may
desire. For that reason the Government of the United States would
not desire to be understood as questioning in any sense the nature or
the terms of agreements which may be negotiated between the British
Government and the Government of one of the Dominions of the
British Empire. It desires solely to express its deep concern because
of the prejudicial effects which increased or renewed trade restrictions
may have upon international economic rehabilitation, upon the cessa-
tion of armament building, and upon the cause of world peace.
  WASHINGTON, January 17, 1937.
             Memorandum by the Secretary of State
                                [WASHINGTON,] January 18, 1937.
  The British Ambassador 8 called at my apartment at my request on
yesterday evening (Sunday). I handed him a memorandum of an
oral statement which I proposed to make to him, relative to the ap-
parent movements of Great Britain and Canada further backward
in the direction of extreme, economic nationalism. A copy of the
memorandum is attached hereto.4
'Sir Ronald iAndsay.

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