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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

Syria and the Lebanon,   pp. 923-938 PDF (6.0 MB)

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of an application in writing to be signed by the person concerned;
that this application will be submitted to the competent authorities
of the local governments for approval; and that the act of approval
will invest the applicant with Lebanese or Syrian citizenship. Thus,
although no oath of allegiance will be required, the act of option, and
the decision accepting such option, may be considered as tantamount
to naturalization.
  Under these circumstances, I presume that the American Govern-
ment will not be inclined to interpose objection to these endeavors
to persuade persons who have acquired American citizenship to exer-
cise their right to acquire other nationality. Therefore I do not plan,
in the absence of instructions to the contrary, to discuss with the
local authorities this policy in so far as it concerns American citizens
of Syrian and Lebanese origin.
  However, in view of the fact that many naturalized American
citizens in this country, especially those resting under an unrebutted
presumption of expatriation, may find it desirable to take advantage
of this opportunity legally to acquire Syrian or Lebanese citizenship,
I am addressing to the French High Commission a request, of which I
enclose a copy,7 that the Syrian and Lebanese Governments advise
the Consulate General of the names and the dates of admission to
Syrian or Lebanese nationality, of any persons who, having previously
acquired citizenship of the United States, avail themselves of their
privilege of opting for citizenship of their country of origin under
the accord of May 29, 1937.
  Respectfully yours,                        THEODORE MARRINER
The Consul General at Beirut (Maminer) to the Secretary of State
No. 288                                BEIRUT, September 22, 1937.
                                            [Received October 30.]
  SIR: I have the honor to refer to my despatch No. 278 of September
13, 1937, reporting the extension of the period during which natives
of Syria and the Lebanon might opt for Syrian or Lebanese citizen-
ship under Article 34 of the Treaty of Lausanne. In that despatch I
enclosed a copy of a note 7 addressed to the French High Commission,
requesting that the Consulate General be notified of any instances in
which natives of the Territory under French Mandate, who have
acquired American citizenship, might avail themselves of the extended
privilege of option for Syrian or Lebanese nationality.
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