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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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Egypt,   pp. 615-678 PDF (24.1 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
RENEWED PROPOSALS BY THE UNITED STATES REGARDING THE
    NEGOTIATION OF AN EXTRADITION TREATY WITH EGYPT*
283.11/43
       The Secretary of State to the Mini8ter in Egypt (Fish)
No. 243                               WASHINGTON, July 27, 1937.
  SIR: The Department refers to the following declaration made in
the letter which you, as President of the Delegation of the United
States of America at the Conference for the Revision of the Capitula-
tory Regime in Egypt, addressed on May 8, 1937, to His Excellency
Moustapha El Nahas Pasha, President of the Council of Ministers of
Egypt:
  "The Government of the United States declares that pending the
ratification on its part of the Convention signed this day it will suspend
the extraterritorial jurisdiction of its consular and diplomatic officers
in Egypt over American nationals and corporations to the same extent
that, and at the same time and under the same conditions as, the other
Capitulatory Powers agree to abridge or suspend the extraterritorial
jurisdiction in Egypt of their consular and diplomatic officers over
their nationals and corporations." 57
- The Department assumes that in accordance with the quoted decla-
ration the authority conferred upon American consular officers in
extraterritorial countries by the Act of Congress of March 22, 1934,58
to extradite to the United States fugitives from its justice will be
suspended, insofar as Egypt is concerned, as of October 15, 1937.
This being so, it becomes desirable to conclude an extradition treaty
-between the two countries at an early date, and therefore the Depart-
ment desires you to institute negotiations to this end, using as a basis
therefor the draft of such a treaty which was sent to your Legation in
the Department's instruction of June 4, 1931.V9
  The direction for the resumption of negotiations is predicated upon
-the assumption that you will share the Department's view that the
following statement contained in Section 5 of the Declaration by the
Royal Egyptian Government60 made at the Conference mentioned
does not require incorporation in the proposed treaty, and that no
reference thereto need be made in the treaty, since the statement merely
relates to a matter of procedure dealing with matters of extradition in
Egypt involving a foreigner charged with being a fugitive from
justice:
  "For previous correspondence, see Foreign Relations, 1933, vol. II,
pp. 841 ff.
  't For text of letter, see p. 654.
  "48 Stat. 454.
  "Foreign Relations, 1933, vol. I, p. 841.
  "May 8, 1937; for text, see Department of State Treaty Series No.
939, p. 65, or
53 Stat. 1701.
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