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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

Egypt,   pp. 615-678 PDF (24.1 MB)

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conventional stipulations not of so much interest to them but, on
the other hand, of greater concern to the United States.
  If anything further is learned in the meanwhile as to the intentions
of other powers in respect to the subject matter, the Department will
be promptly informed thereof.
  Respectfully yours,                          LELAND B. MORRIS
The Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs (Murray) to the
                   Charge in Egypt (Morris)
                                 [WASHINGTON,] January 3, 1938.
  DEAR LELAND: I have read with much interest your letter of Decem-
ber 8, 1937, enclosing a memorandum of a conversation between Mr.
Allen and Bedaoui Pasha, of the Egyptian State Legal Department,
concerning the negotiation of a consular convention between the
United States and Egypt.
  There is nothing to be found in the Acts of the Capitulations Con-
ference (a copy of which is no doubt available to you) which would
support the view that the Egyptian Government is under any obliga-
tion, under the terms of the Capitulations Convention, to negotiate
consular conventions with interested Powers. Moreover, I agree with
you that there is nothing in the specific provisions of Article 11 of
the Convention which binds Egypt in that respect.
  From the mention of consular conventions in Article 11 it may be
reasonably concluded, however, that Egypt is not averse to the nego-
tiation of consular conventions in conformity with international
  In view of Bedaoui Pasha's expressed attitude on the subject and
in consideration of the natural susceptibilities of the Egyptian author-
ities generally to anything suggestive of a derogation of their sover-
eign rights, I see no reason why we should not approach the Egyp-
tian Government in the matter of the negotiation of a consular con-
vention, when the appropriate moment arrives, in the same manner
in which we would approach any other government without any
reference to the Capitulations Convention.
  Meanwhile we shall be awaiting with interest the receipt of your
formal views on the possible desirability of proposing at an early date
the negotiation of such a convention.55
  Sincerely yours,                             WALLAC    MURRAY
  " See despatch No. 1156, December 23, supra. Apparently no further
was taken regarding the proposed convention.

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