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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

Morocco,   pp. 858-880 PDF (8.5 MB)

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781.003/45: Telegram
  The Charge in the United Kingdom (Johnson) to the Secretary
                             of State
                               LoNDoN, September 25, 1937-1 p. m.
                             [Received September 25-9: 45 a. m.]
  608. Embassy's 598, September 18, 2 p. m.22 I had a further conver-
sation yesterday at the Foreign Office regarding the projected agree-
ment for the protection of British commercial rights and interests in
Morocco. From this conversation the following points emerged.
  1. The British do not consider that any commercial or economic
rights which they possessed under previous treaties have been in the
legal sense impaired in the slightest degree by the Anglo-French
Agreement for Abolition of Capitulations in Morocco.
  2. The British recognize, however, that due to the changed con-
ditions brought about by the Capitulations Agreement that there is
little practical hope of reaching an agreement in the commercial
and economic sphere which will leave unimpaired the old British
status in Morocco.
  3. Board of Trade has not yet formulated concrete proposals for
their negotiations with the French. They contemplate, however, that
the institution of some form of quota provisions is only possible way
to protect their textile trade in Morocco.
  4. They do not know what guarantees the French can give which
would be considered as satisfactory in respect to "equality of treat-
ment" of French and English goods. They expect to get at least
most favored nation treatment as regards any third power in Morocco
but they are not hopeful that they will be able to preserve in fact
equality of treatment with French goods. The official expressed no
illusion as to the desire of the French to give their own commerce
and economic penetration a more favorable position than that of any
other country and he is not sure that it will be possible to prevent it.
  5. They do not expect to give to the French during these negotia-
tions anything which can possibly be avoided but they are prepared
to recognize that abolition of the capitulations has produced a new
situation of fact which is bound to operate to the advantage of the
  6. Foreign Office promised to give me early next week a memoran-
dum 23 setting forth as concretely as may be done at the present time
precisely what their proposals will be.
  7. I suggested and the Foreign Office official agreed that a frank
exchange of information between the two countries in reference to
these negotiations might be mutually helpful.
  "Not printed.
  See telegram No. 759, December 7, 7 p. m., from the Charg4 in the United
Kingdom, p. 872.

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