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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)

Egypt,   pp. 615-678 PDF (24.1 MB)


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EGYPT
CONFERENCE AT MONTREUX FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE CAPITU-
             LATIONS IN EGYPT, APRIL 12-MAY 8,1937
783.003/146: Telegram
      The Minister in Egypt (Fish) to the Secretary of State
                                   CAIRO, January 16,1937-1 p. m.
                              [Received January 16-10: 15 a. m.]
  4. I have just received from the Foreign Office formal invitation
dated today in which the Egyptian Government "invites the Ameri-
can Government to participate, by the sending of one or more dele-
gates furnished with the necessary powers, to the conference which
will be held at Montreux April 12, 1937, for the purpose of concluding
a convention between the interested powers on the one hand and Egypt
on the other hand regarding the questions set forth" in the invitation.
A translation of the note which is of some 400 words is being sent
tomorrow by air mail to be telegraphed from London unless the
Department desires it to be telegraphed direct. No mention is made
of the presentation of more detailed proposals prior to the conference
but I shall take up this question with the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
                                                             FISH
783.003/149: Telegram (part air)
     The Minister in Egypt (Fish) to the Secretary of State
                                CAIRO, January 17, 1937-10 a. m.
                                [Received January 21-3:30 p. m.]
  5. My telegram No. 4. The following is the translation referred to
therein.
  "Mr. Minister: In spite of a modern political, administrative and
economic organization Egypt remains the only country in which there
still exists a regime for foreigners based on privileges which were
accorded them gratuitously during the 16th century for reasons which
have entirely disappeared. Now that the Capitulatory Powers have
accepted elsewhere and notably in Turkey 1 and Iran2 the abolition
  See Foreign Relation8, 1923, vol. II, pp. 879 ff.
  2 See ibid., 1927, vol. m, pp. 567 fif.
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