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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

Poland,   pp. 525-563 PDF (14.2 MB)

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States, which were held from June 8 to 14, 1937, regarding the possible
basis for a reciprocal trade agreement between the United States and
Poland. In its press release of June 15, 1937, the Department of
State declared that the question had not yet "reached the stage where
any announcement of negotiations can be made." See Department of
State, Press Releases, June 19, 1937, page 422.]
    The Secretary of State to the Polish Charge (Wankowicz)
                                    WASHINGTON, August 17, 1937.
  SIR: I have the honor to refer to the exploratory conversations which
took place in Washington, D. C., from June 8 to June 14, 1937,
inclusive, between representatives of the Government of the United
States of America and the Republic of Poland, respectively, concern-
ing the possibility of a trade agreement between the two countries, and
to express my appreciation of the opportunity offered by Mr. Sokolow-
ski's visit to this country for the representatives of each of the two
Governments to gain a sympathetic and clearer understanding of the
problems and policies of the other Government in respect of interna-
tional trade relations.
  The results of the conversations as recorded in the memoranda
thereof,8 copies of which have been supplied to the Polish Embassy in
Washington, have been given careful consideration and, except for one
point discussed below, to which further consideration is being given,
it is desired to confirm the tentative views expressed by the American
representatives on behalf of this Government with respect to the-
various issues raised in the course of the discussions and, in particular,
the position taken by them in regard to the provisions of a possible
trade agreement with Poland in respect of quotas and related forms of
trade control. It is sincerely hoped that the Government of Poland
will give careful and serious consideration to the possibility of provid-
ing in this respect treatment based on the unconditional most-f avored-
nation principle; in other words, treatment in respect of quotas and
related forms of trade control which would assure each country an
opportunity to supply a fair and equitable share of the importations
into the other country as might be determined by the share supplied by
such country in a previous representative period. Inasmuch as the
unconditional most-favored-nation principle is fundamental to the
commercial policy of the United States, an understanding between the
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