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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

Australia,   pp. 136-159 PDF (9.0 MB)

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possible negotiation of a United States-Australian trade agreement
depends rather conclusively upon the removal by the Government of
Australia of the discriminations against commerce of the United
States. We assume that he also realizes that if a satisfactory basis
for a United States-United Kingdom trade agreement 16 is not found
it would be practically impossible to find a basis for a United States-
Australian trade agreement.
  Our reason for desiring that you say this to Lyons is that the De-
partment gained the distinct impression from your 348 that he was of
the opinion that we were prepared to discuss a trade agreement when
he or Casey came to Washington. We feel that that impression should
be corrected.
611.4731/220: Telegram
The Ambassador in the Unnited Kingdoms (Bingham) to the Secretary
                            of State
                                  LONDON, June 11, 1937-6 p. m.
                                  [Received June 11-2: 05 p. m.]
  372. I made an appointment with Lyons for this afternoon imme-
diately following receipt of your 232, of June 10, 5 p. m. I conveyed
to him your message and he went on to say that he understood the
situation did not admit of discussion of a trade agreement at this time.
He said, however, that he regretted that on his visit to the United
States 2 years ago he had not been able to get at least some slight
concession especially as regards wool and wines which he could have
used as leverage to combat the tendency in his country which led
ultimately to the adoption of their embargo policy. He said he be-
lieved in a general restoration of international trade as the best hope
for a restoration of stability and for peace in the world and that he
hoped the time would come when his country could make a contribu-
tion in that direction; but that he could not guarantee such action
because it would depend on the local political situation.
  He said that he had lunched today with the British Prime Minister
and had been assured by Chamberlain that he was heartily in favor
of working out a trade agreement between Britain and the United
States and that he had told the Prime Minister he hoped it might be
possible for Australia to make a contribution in this direction although
Chamberlain must understand it would mean concessions on the part
of Britain.
S see pp. I ff.

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