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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)

Poland,   pp. 525-563 PDF (14.2 MB)


Page 529


611.60C31/170
Mrnvorandum  by the Chief of the Divigion of Trade Agreements
                           (Haickins)
                                    [WASHINGTON,] May 27, 1937.
  Mr. Wankowicz, Counselor of the Polish Embassy, called today in
regard to the visit to this country on June 7 of Mr. Mieczyslaw
Sokolowski, Under Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry,
to discuss the basis for a trade agreement. He said that Mr. Sokolow-
ski would be here for about ten days and would like to devote most of
the time to discussing the above subject with a view to obtaining as
complete an understanding as possible as to the general provisions of
the agreement as well as the scope of the concessions which each
country might be able to grant to the other.
  Mr. Wankowicz said he and his Government realize that no final
decisions can be reached as to the provisions of the agreement in view
of the necessity of obtaining approval by our interdepartmental com-
mittee. He hoped, however, that it might be possible to reach an
ad referendum understanding as to the probable scope of the con-
cessions and possibly even a definite decision as to the text of the
general provisions. I told him that I was doubtful whether final
decisions on any of the provisions of the proposed agreement could be
reached while Mr. Sokolowski was here, as it takes considerable time
to clear such matters through the interdepartmental organization,
but that we would go as far as we could in trying to reach a tentative
understanding with him as to the probable scope and content of the
agreement.
  Mr. Wankowicz then asked that he be given copies of memoranda of
our two previous discussions 7 So that he could bring Mr. Sokolowski
up to date as soon as he gets here. He also asked for an outline of our
new procedure with respect to public announcements and hearings and
for copies of our standard general provisions. He said he would
like to have this material by Wednesday, June 2, if possible. I said
that memoranda of discussions are prepared only for Departmental
use and are not usually given out but that I would be glad to send
him at least an outline of the points covered in the memoranda, and
also the other material which he requested.
  [Mr. Mieczyslaw Sokolowski arrived in Washington for explora-
tory conversations with officials of the Government of the United
7 The memoranda of February 3 and 17, pp. 525 and 527.
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