File No. 893.51/1259.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister.


Your telegram January 27. Do the French Ministers new instructions alter his position as to the engagement of foreigners as well as to the question of advances?

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Should a declaration of its position become necessary, the Department, while placing the greatest importance upon concerted action by all the interested powers, would regret the introduction of any new political question at this time and would be satisfied with any definite agreement on the understanding that, in your opinion and that, of a majority of the interested Ministers, the agreement as to the duties and powers of the foreign employees adequately assures the maintenance and effectiveness of the service. You may act accordingly.