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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)

Turkey,   pp. 941-958 PDF (6.1 MB)


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ment. After a conversation with the Prime Minister 11 and the parlia-
mentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 12 and at the
suggestion of the latter I addressed yesterday a note to Foreign Office
inquiring "whether in accepting the principle of unconditional most
favored nation treatment as the basis for the negotiations, the Turkish
Government is in accord with the American Government that this
principle applies not only to customs matters but to all forms of trade
control." I pointed out that all the trade agreements entered into
under our trade agreements program are based on the principle of
unconditional most favored nation treatment in respect not only to
customs duties but to all forms of restriction or control of trade and
stated that the Department of State desired assurances that the Turk-
ish Government understands and accepts this basis for the contem-
plated negotiations.
  Embassy received today note from Foreign Office stating the Turk-
ish Government "is in accord with regard to the meaning given in
above mentioned note to most favored nation treatment, consequently
it accepts as a basis for negotiation of Turkish American commercial
agreement most favored nation treatment extending not only to cus-
toms duties but to all forms of commercial restriction and control."
  For the Department's information it may be stated that the Prime
Minister, formerly Minister of Economy, has on two occasions ex-
pressed to me his great interest in the conclusion of a trade agreement
with the United States and the Under Secretary of State for Foreign
Affairs has stated that the Prime Minister has given instructions that
everything be done to bring about the conclusion of such an agreement.
  2. Embassy has received also a note from the Foreign Office (a)
requesting that "wool, raisins and meerschaum" be added to the
list
of goods transmitted with its note of September 17 (enclosure to Em-
bassy's despatch number 357 of September 2113) for which the Turk-
ish Government will request tariff reductions, and (b) stating that
during the negotiations tariff consolidation will be demanded for the
following articles: valonia; valonia (valex); sheepskins, lambskins
and skins of all kinds of wild animals; goatskins and kid skins; canary
seed; olive oil (non-edible); emery; animal hair (goat hair,
et cetera); gun tragacanth; attar of rose; beeswax; carpet wool;
gallnuts; sheep casings; chrome and chromite; licorice paste; and
paste.
  Commercial Attache informs me that the officials of the Ministry
of Economy thoroughly understand that the United States is not in
general in a position to grant concessions to Turkey on products of
   Celal Bayar.
 12Numan Menemencioglu.
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