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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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slowly to include other products) could be discussed and carried on.
But it was chiefly essential to maintain governmental contact so that
when the position of Germany did resolve itself, more comprehensive
matters could be gone into, and a treaty negotiated that would really
restore trade on a large scale.
  It was with this in mind that he hoped to make a trip to the United
States in the fall months of 1937, not basically to negotiate, but rather
to keep acquainted with American officials and American conditions.
He added that he hoped by this time to have reached some agreement
with the Reich Nutrition authorities so that a beginning would have
been made toward a program for the import into Germany of fruits
and pork products.
  In this connection it may be of interest to note that Reichsbank
Direktor Dr. Blessing, holding a position in the Government analo-
gous to that of Reichsbank Direktor Brinkmann, recently informed
Vice Consul Fox that his views on the trade situation between the two
countries were substantially still those which he privately outlined in
a former conversation with Mr. Darlington 24 of the State Department
on the latter's last trip to Berlin, and that he would be ready at all
times to accept a treaty on the basis informally discussed at that time.
This is interesting in view of Herr Brinkmann's statement regarding
the ability of the government of the Reich to enter into a fair and
worthwhile treaty that would restore trade, from a long range point
of view.
  Very respectfully yours,                      DOUGLAS JENKINS
              Memoradum by the Secretary of State
                                     [WASHINGTON,] May 13, 1937.
  Dr. Luther called to say goodbye. Nothing new was discussed ex-
cept a sort of general resume of economic conditions. The Ambassa-
dor did, two or three times, inquire whether I fully realized the ear-
nestness of the desire of the German Government to cooperate in
support of an economic program such as ours. His qualification was
that we did not have enough conditions attached to our favored-nation
policy of equal treatment. My reply was that if we had announced
a wide and flexible list of exceptions and qualifications before other
important countries had shown a real disposition to move steadily
and consistently away from the policy of discriminations and toward
the objective of equality of treatment, we would have simply discred-
ited the favored-nation policy.
                                               C[omRFE] H[uuz]
 24 Charles F. Darlington, Jr., economic analyst In the Division of Trade

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