The Secretary of State to the Consul at Beirut (Knabenshue)
Department has sent you under date of July 14th, text of Syrian Mandate correspondence with French Government. Copies of this correspondence may be confidentially communicated to Aleppo and Damascus.
Department is now informed of French acceptance of draft convention with the United States regarding Syria under reservation of the last sentence of Article VII of convention as to date of suspension of capitulatory rights. This point will be taken up with French Government in the near future.
Pending definite instructions which will be sent you as soon as this Government’s acceptance of Mandate becomes effective, you will admit of no change in present status in respect to capitulatory and other rights enjoyed by American citizens.
Repeat to Aleppo and to Damascus referring to Allen’s telegram, July 27, 11 a.m.19
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