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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)

Belgium,   pp. 219-237 PDF (7.1 MB)


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                         EUROPE
                           BELGIUM
PRELIMINARY DISCUSSIONS RESPECTING A SUPPLEMENTARY TRADE
   AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND BELGIUM"
oill.5531/6981
     Memorandum by Mir. Jacque8 J. Reinstein of the Division of
                       Trade Agreernents
                                  [WASh-INGTON,] January 4, 1937T
Conversation: The Belgian Ambassador la and Mr. Raoul E. L.
                 Grenade, Commercial Counselor to the Belgian
                 Embassy;
               Mr. Culbertson and Mr. Williamson of the Division
                 of Western European Affairs;
               MIr. Fowler and Mr. Reinstein of the Division of
                 Trade Agreements.
  The Belgian Ambassador and Mr. Grenade called to discuss the
terms of an agreement containing general provisions to supplement
the existing trade agreement between Belgium and the United States.2
  Mr. Fowler outlined the Department's viewpoint with respect to a
number of points on which there are divergences between the United
States standard provisions 3 and the Belgian counter-draft.' It ap-
pearedi to be the intention of the Ambassador to consult his Govern-
ment by telegram as to whether they were prepared to accept our alter-
native proposals to their counter-draft on points of importance. In
order to facilitate this method of handling the negotiations, it was
agreed that the Department would prepare a "clean draft" of provi-
sions based on the Belgian counter-draft and embodying the American
desiderata, to be accompanied by comments outlining our viewpoint
with respect to any changes in wording made in the counter-draft.
l For previous correspondence regarding the supplementary trade agreement,.
see Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. II, pp. 10 if.
"I Count Robert van der Straten-Ponthoz.
'For text of agreement between the United States and the Belgo-Luxemburg
Economic Union, signed February 27, 1935, see Department of State Executive-
Agreement Series No. 75, or 49 Stat. 3680.
'For text of standard general provisions, see Foreign Relations, 1935, vol
I, p. 541.
']Belgian counterdraft not printed.
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