The Chargé in Mexico ( Summerlin ) to the Secretary of State

No. 3749

Sir: With reference to my telegram No. 57, March 17, 10 a.m.,42 in regard to the reports that France had recognized Mexico, I have the honor to report that Mr. Pani’s43 statement to me in confirmation [Page 429] of the report appears to have been based on the action of the President of the French Republic in acknowledging the receipt of General Obregón’s autograph letter announcing that the latter had assumed charge of the Executive power in Mexico. The Department will recall that a similar acknowledgment was made, several months ago, by the President of Germany but that action was not considered recognition by Germany, nor has Count Montgelas, the German Minister designate, who is here, presented his credentials, although he is in informal contact with the officials of the present régime.

With reference to the reported appointment of a French Minister to Mexico, the French Chargé d’Affaires, in reply to the inquiry of a colleague, stated that he did not know whether or not the French Minister would be prepared to present letters of credence on his arrival here.

I have [etc.]

George T. Summerlin
  1. Not printed.
  2. Under Secretary of State June 15, 1920–Mar. 7, 1021.