812.6363/1279: Circular telegram

The Secretary of State to Certain Diplomatic Representatives53

The following is for your information and such discreet use as you may deem wise in your relations with the government to which you are accredited.

The Department has been advised that the Mexican authorities have informed all Central and South American Governments that the Department, in recent representations to the Mexican Foreign Office to the effect that certain proposed Mexican petroleum legislation was entirely inadequate for the protection of rights lawfully acquired in that country by American citizens, had interfered in Mexican internal affairs, and that Mexico will not tolerate such interference by a foreign government.

On learning that the Mexican authorities had taken this view of its representations the Department gave the press the following statement outlining its attitude in the matter:

[Here follows quotation contained in Department’s telegram no. 171, November 20, 5 p.m., to the Chargé in Mexico, printed supra.]

  1. This telegram was sent to the diplomatic representatives in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, and Uruguay. A similar instruction, dated Nov. 24, was mailed to the representatives in Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Paraguay, and Venezuela (file no. 812.6363/1290a).