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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

Belgium,   pp. 219-237 PDF (7.1 MB)

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  Mr. Grenade will call to pursue the discussions on the basis of the
Department's memorandum on Monday, January 11.
  The specific points which were informally discussed with the Am-
bassador and Mr. Grenade were as follows (the article numbers given
refer to those in the Belgian counter-draft).
  [Comments on the various articles are omitted.]
   The Belgian Ambassador (Van der Straten-Ponthoz) to the
                       Secretary of State
                                   WASHINGTON, January 9, 1937.
  DEAR SIR: Supplementary to our telephone conversation, I hasten
to advise you that I have received from Brussels, in connection with
the cable that I sent after our first meeting, a response informing me
that it was impossible for the Belgian Government to reply to the
suggestions of the United States Government without knowing the
reasons for them.
  The Minister of Foreign Affairs desires that I send him a report on
the articles of our counter project, which do not meet with the ap,-
proval of the Department of State; giving the reasons therefor, and
that I transmit to him the text of the proposed modifications.
  I would especially appreciate it if you would kindly enable me to
reply to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  I am entirely at your disposal to come and discuss the question with
you when convenient, and I take [etc.]          R. V. STRATEN
        -The Secretary of State to the Belgian Ambaemador
                   (Van der Straten-Ponthoz)
                                       WASHINGTON, July 9, 1937.
  MY DEAR MR. AMBASSADOR: I refer to your note of January 9,
1937, in which you advised me of the desire of your Government to
examine the exact text of the proposed changes in the Belgian counter-
draft of general provisions to supplement the trade agreement of
February 27, 1935, before commenting on them.
  In accordance with your request, I have had a new draft prepared
embodying the changes which were discussed with you and Mr. Gre-
nade by officers of the Department. I am enclosing the original and
  "Enclosures mentioned not printed.

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