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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

Germany,   pp. 319-405 PDF (32.6 MB)

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     Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State (Welles)
                                [WASHINGTON,] October 21, 1937.
  The German Ambassador called to see me. He handed me a memo-
randum from his Government 27a which he said was in reply to the
memorandum given to him by the Department of State last July,
which dealt with the subject of German and American trade rela-
tions with Brazil. The Ambassador asked if I would study this
memorandum myself with "sympathetic consideration" and if I would
likewise please make an effort to read not only the lines but between
the lines as well. He said this memorandum was the result of his
own conversations with his Government in Berlin when he was re-
cently there and was due to his efforts to try to prepare the ground
for a more favorable understanding by the German Government of
the policy of the United States with regard to a more liberal trade
tendency. The Ambassador said that he thought perhaps this memo-
randum would prepare the way for a further exchange of views be-
tween the two Governments, which he hoped would be constructive
and lead to a more normal trade relationship between Germany and
the rest of the world.
  I told the Ambassador that, of course, I would give the memo-
randum every possible consideration and that the Department would
study it attentively. I said I trusted that his Government might in
fact be prepared to reconsider its present policy and that if that were
the case, we would of course have every disposition to cooperate insofar
as circumstances might make that possible.
                                            S[UMNMR] W[ELLES]
        The German Embassy to the Department of State28
  I. The German Government shares the opinion expressed in the
Aide-Mimoire of the Department of State of July 21 of this year that
the most favored nation treatment is the best and safest foundation of
international trade. The German Government has advocated and ad-
27a Infra.
  = Handed to the Under Secretary of State by the German Ambassador on
October 21, 1937.

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