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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)

Morocco,   pp. 858-880 PDF (8.5 MB)


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with the principles set forth in the Department's memorandum but
merely expressed its great interest in the Department's views. The
failure to give any immediate reaction was probably due to the fact
that the official with whom the matter was discussed, who is a legal
adviser, had not had an opportunity to consult with the Board of
Trade officials who are carrying on the active negotiations. I shall
endeavor to have a further interview tomorrow and will telegraph.
                                                        JOHNSON
781.003/62: Telegram
  The Charge in the United Kingdom (Johnson) to the Secretary
                            of State
                              LONDON, December 21, 1937-7 p. m.
                              [Received December 21-3:20 p. m.]
  798. My 788, December 20, 7 p. m. Anglo-French negotiations sus-
pended last night until the end of January when they will be continued
in Paris. Embassy will have further informal discussions with For-
eign Office based on Department's instruction 2065, December 14, and
Murray's letter December 13,41 both received today, as soon as possible.
                                                        JOHNSON
781.003/65: Telegram
  The Charge in the United Kingdom (Johnson) to the Secretary
                            of State
                            LONDON, December 29, 1937-8 p. m.
                            [Received December 29-3: 25 p. m.]
  810. My 798, December 21, 7 p. m.; and your 496, December 18,
ip. m.
  1. The Foreign Office states in further conversation that they ap-
prove in general the expression of principles set forth in Department's
confidential memorandum. In their opinion it would be helpful in
negotiating with the French to be able to inform the latter that they
have an expression of the United States Government's views and of
the general purport of those views. The British are interested in
protecting different commodities from those we desire to protect in
Morocco but as I understand it we are both working for the establish-
ment of the same principles and as the British negotiations are being
conducted in advance of our own, it might be to our eventual benefit
to strengthen their hand as much as possible. The British clearly
feel that the permission they have requested would be a strategic
advantage.
' Latter not printed.
879
MOROCCO


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