The Minister in Venezuela (McGoodwin) to the Secretary of State

No. 2297

Sir: I have the honor to report that Doctor Gil Borges, Minister of Foreign Affairs, told me today that Doctor Salvador Guzmán, Mexican Chargé d’Affaires, told him a few days ago that he had been instructed “to inquire as to the attitude of the Government of Venezuela toward the present Government of Mexico.” Doctor Gil Borges said that he had replied that the Government of Venezuela “had been glad to welcome him on his return to Caracas,” on February 13, 1921 but that no action would be taken by this Government in the nature of formal recognition of the Obregón Government “at this time.” The Mexican Chargé d’Affaires was represented as having indicated that the instruction was telegraphic and circular.

Doctor Gil Borges took occasion to remind me that the present Government of Venezuela has awaited invariably the action of the Government of the United States in granting recognition to other Governments, mentioning especially the various changes in the Government of Mexico, Costa Rica, et cetera, the sole exception being “the necessity for recognition of the Ebert Government in Germany, precipitated by an inquiry from Clemenceau in December 1919.”

I have [etc.]

Preston McGoodwin