File No. 5719/7.
Minister Gummeré to the Secretary of State.
Tangier, March 25, 1907.
Sir: I have the honor to report that Sid El Hadj Mohamed Ben Arby Torres, the Sultan’s representative at Tangier, having addressed [Page 880] two identical letters to the foreign representatives, regarding relations about to be instituted for the conduct of the guards in and about Tangier, a meeting of the diplomatic corps was held, on the 22d day of March, under the presidency of the dean of the corps, to consider the said letters. In these letters, translation of which are herewith inclosed, the Sultan’s delegate announces that in future any one committing disorder of any kind will be arrested by the guards and taken before the Halifa of the Basha, who will thereupon send them, if Moors, to the Basha, and if foreigners to their representative consulates to be judged. The foreign representatives having agreed that any such authorization as to arrest and conduct of foreigners to the Halifa was a dangerous precedent and contrary to treaty rights, decided that a collective letter should be written, in the name of the diplomatic corps, by the dean of the corps, and sent to Sid El Hadj Mohamed Ben Arby Torres, the Sultan’s representative, acknowledging the receipt of the said letters, and informing him that, while they appreciated the efforts made by the Moorish government to maintain order in and about Tangier, pending the installation of the new police, they could not admit that their citizens or proteges should be arrested and taken before the Halifa of the Basha, as proposed, as such action was contrary to the convention of Madrid and treaty rights, which maintained that all foreign citizens or proteges should be brought immediately to their respective consular jurisdiction. The said letter was accordingly written and despatched to the Sultan’s delegate.
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