767.68/296: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul General at Smyrna ( Horton )

Your September 8, 10 p.m.

You will bear in mind that your Government recognizes the existing regime neither in Greece nor in Asia Minor, and that diplomatic relations with the Sublime Porte have not been resumed. Nevertheless for practical reasons it will be advantageous for you to remain unofficially at your post as an American Consul without exequatur and as a delegate of the High Commissioner at Constantinople. Vice Consul Imbrie has a similar status at Angora, and in case of necessity you will so remind the local authorities. If difficulties arise report to the Department as well as to the High Commissioner at Constantinople, to whom the substance of this instruction is being sent for his information and guidance.

Phillips