File No. 881.111/1.
The American Chargé d’Affaires to the Secretary of State.
Tangier , March 4, 1913.
Sir: In further reference to my No. 363 of February 18, 1913, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of the amended draft of the letter which the Chevalier de Rappard, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, proposes to address to Sid Mohamed Ben Mohamed El Guebbass, the Sultan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs at Tangier, in answer to his communication upon the subject of the insecurity for foreigners traveling in certain regions of the Shereefian Empire.
All my colleagues have expressed their approval of the draft herewith submitted, with the exception of the Chargé d’Affaires of Belgium, who stated that he was referring the matter to his Government for instructions, my own annotation being of a similar nature.
The Department will observe that in the reply proposed by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps to the Sultan’s Foreign Minister, a clause has been introduced reserving the right for the Diplomatic Corps to determine, in each particular instance, the extent to which the responsibility of the Maghzen is involved, and I respectfully request that the Department inform me whether it deems this clause a sufficient guaranty to prevent the Maghzen from escaping its responsibility in respect to the protection of the lives and property of foreign subjects traveling or sojourning in any part of the Shereefian Empire.
In view of the urgency attached to the matter by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, I would respectfully request that the Department communicate its reply by cable.
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