375.117/–

The Secretary of State to the Consul General on Special Mission ( Blake ), temporarily in Rome

Sir: The American Consul at Salonica telegraphed the Department on April 24, 1922,4 stating that American citizens of Albanian origin had informed him that the Albanian authorities were taking possession of their American passports and forcing them to take Albanian passports.

You are, therefore, instructed, on your arrival in Albania, to investigate this matter, and if the facts are found to be as they were represented to the Consul, to protest to the Albanian authorities and to invite their attention to the unfavorable impression which such treatment of American citizens cannot fail to make on this Government.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
William Phillips
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