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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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posals recently made by Robertson and his colleagues 7 are being care-
fully studied, but that the studies have not as yet reached the stage of
definite recommendations for consideration by the appropriate au-
thorities of this Government. As we pointed out orally to Robertson
and his associates, some of the products mentioned by them present
serious problems for us. You may say, however, that we are prepared
to enter upon negotiations with an open mind with the view of nego-
tiating upon as broad and comprehensive a basis as possible. If
it is possible to reach satisfactory agreements with the United King-
dom and Canada, we would be agreeable to signing both agreements
the same day, if practicable.
  You will note that the foregoing represents a marked change in the
attitude which we have in the past maintained. We have been forced
to the conclusion that, if we are to negotiate trade agreements with
either the United Kingdom or Canada within the next year, it is essen-
tial that announcement thereof be made at an early date and that
negotiations be concluded within the next 4 or 5 months.
  We hope to be able to make an announcement of intention to nego-
tiate with the United Kingdom in the next few days, probably by
611.4231/2067: Telegram
    The Minister in Canada (Armour) to the Secretary of State
                              OIrAWA, November 18, 1937-5 p. m.
                                            [Received 6:20 p.m.]
  103. Department's telegram No. 114, November 17, 11 a. m. The
following statement to the press will be given out at 6: 00 p. m. by
the Prime Minister for publication in the morning newspapers of
November 19:
  "The Prime Minister announced today that negotiations are con-
templated for the conclusion of a trade agreement between Canada and
the United States of America. A similar statement is being made
public in Washington by the Secretary of State. This announce-
ment marks a definite and well recognized step in United States pro-
cedure in the negotiation of trade agreements.
   In making this announcement, the Prime Minister said: 'In August
 last, the Canadian Government approached the Government of the
 United States with a view to extending and revising the trade agree-
 ment concluded between them in 1935. Since then, exploratory con-
 versations have been proceeding which have resulted in today's an-
 nouncement regarding the negotiation of a new agreement which
 will, we hope, be on as broad and comprehensive a basis as possible.'
  "No record of these proposals has been found in Department files.

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