The Chargé at Cairo (Andrews) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 27.]
Sir: Referring to the Department’s telegram No. 21 of October 24th [27th] last, relative to the prolongation of the Mixed Courts, I have the honor to enclose herewith copy of a communication addressed to me by the Director-General of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Robert Greg.
The fourth and fifth paragraphs of this letter refer to the subject of my telegram No. 38 of November 7th current,22 concerning the omission from the official published Decree of any reference to the American reservations.
Notwithstanding Mr. Greg’s explanations I still think that it would have been more correct for notice to have been taken of the American reservations in the promulgatory Decree in view of the Egyptian Laws.
The first, second and third paragraphs refer to the sense of the Department’s telegram No. 21 of October 24th [27th] last, communicated by the Agency to the Foreign Office by note dated October 28th last. Mr. Greg alleges that the phraseology of the reservations reading, quote “Under reservation to the Government of the United States of the right to withdraw its adherence to the arrangement at any time after one year” end quote, is susceptible of two interpretations: that it may be taken as meaning that the United States Government reserved a right similar to that reserved by the [Page 918] Egyptian Government—to give one year’s notice of withdrawal, a stipulation made by several Governments and one to which the Egyptian Government has no objection: but also that the phrase appears “open to the interpretation that the United States Government reserves the right to withdraw without notice at any time after a year from the date of the publication of the Decree, a stipulation which appears scarcely consonant either with American or with Egyptian interests”.
Mr. Greg’s note continues to say that he assumes that the first interpretation, the right to give one year’s notice of withdrawal, is that intended by the United States Government; and he requests to be informed whether the United States Government concurs in this interpretation.
Previous to this note Mr. Greg had come personally to see me and asked me to interpret the phrase which as will be seen from the subsequent fact of his note, I of course declined to do.
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