File No. 731.51/36.
The Secretary of State to the French Ambassador.
Washington , October 30, 1912 .
Excellency: With reference to Count de Peretti de la Rocca’s note of August 29, 1912, regarding the relations of France and Venezuela, and to the Department’s reply of September 3, 1912,1 have the honor to inform you that Mr. Elliott Northcott, the American Minister to Venezuela, has just arrived in Washington. Mr. Northcott brought with him the reply of the Venezuelan Government to the note in which he communicated the substance of Count de Peretti de la Rocca’s letter to the Department of August 29th. It was at the special request of the President of Venezuela that Mr. Northcott brought this despatch in person to the Department in order that he might at the same time orally state that the President and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela have expressed the hope that diplomatic relations between France and Venezuela will soon be reestablished.
The Department will be happy if its friendly offices should result in the renewal of those relations.
A copy of the note of the Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs of September 23d to Minister Northcott is enclosed.
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