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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)

Italy,   pp. 435-506 PDF (27.1 MB)


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ITALY
NEGOTIATIONS RESPECTING A NEW TREATY OF FRIENDSHIP, COM-
  MERCE, AND NAVIGATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND
  ITALY;1 TEMPORARY COMMERCIAL ARRANGEMENT SIGNED DECEM-
  BER 16, 1937 2
711.652/85: Telegram
   The Ambassador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State
                                      ROME, February 8, 1937-noon.
                                  [Received February 8-9:15 a. m.]
  50. My despatch No. 126, December 18, 1936.3 A report has reached
me originating in the exchange control office of the Foreign Office that
there is disappointment in Italian circles on account of the delay
in proceeding with negotiations for the new Treaty of Friendship,
Commerce and Navigation and also on account of our failure to re-
spond to the Italian suggestions for a trade agreement transmitted
in my despatch 126, December 18, 1936. Italian officials are aware,
it appears, of the Department's satisfaction at the joint denunciation
of the 1871 treaty 4 and an impression seems to be current that the
Department attaches more importance to the denunciation of the old
treaty than to the conclusion of new arrangements for the improve-
ment of trade between the two countries.
  In order to avoid any further suspicions of this nature I should be
very grateful if the Department would send me the necessary instruc-
tions as promptly as possible. In addition it would be helpful if
I could be placed in a position through telegraphic instructions to
advise Count Ciano 5 of the Department's impression of the Italian
proposals in respect to the treaty as well as of the Italian suggestions
looking towards a trade -agreement.
                                                          PmLLPrs
  Continued from Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. It, pp. 340-360.
  'The original draft prepared by the United States was modeled on the com-
mercial treaty between the United States and Norway, signed June 5, 1928,
with
the provisions regarding consular relations omitted; Foreign Relations, 1928,
vol. iiI, p. 646.
'Not printed, but see telegram No. 533, December 16, 1936, 6 p. m., from
the
Ambassador in Italy, ibid., 1936, vol. II, p. 358.
' See ibid., pp. 340 ff.; for text of the Treaty of Commerce and Navigation,
Febru-
ary 26, 1871, see William M. Malloy, (ed.), Treaties, Conventions, etc.,
Between
the United States of America and Other Powers, 1776-1909 (Washington, Gov-
ernment Printing Office, 1910), vol. I, p. 969.
'Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
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