The First Secretary of the Mexican Embassy ( Téllez ) to the Chief of the Division of Mexican Affairs, Department of State ( Hanna )


My Dear Mr. Hanna: In compliance with instructions just sent me by the Foreign Office, I have the pleasure of enclosing herewith to you a copy of the declarations made yesterday by that Office in connection with the statements given to the press by the Department of State Saturday last.

In this connection, I take [etc]

Manuel C. Téllez
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Statement by the Mexican Foreign Office

With reference to the statement made by the Department of State of the United States and published in today’s press, the Mexican Foreign Office makes the following statement:

Although it is true that the Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Mexico and Mr. Summerlin naturally have had to discuss orally at various times all matters connected with the decorous resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries, it is necessary to point out that the Mexican Foreign Office—which is the only legal channel which the Government has for its communication with the Foreign Offices of other states—neither furnished the petroleum bill of which it had no knowledge nor much less asked the Department of State at Washington for comments of any kind thereon. And if the Executive found it necessary to report to the Chamber of Deputies, it was because the memorandum of Mr. Summerlin appeared to imply limitations on the legislative power of Mexico, and to pass over the incident in silence would have been to neglect a duty of solidarity towards the other Federal power concerned and to encourage in addition the belief that importance was not attached to the creation of a precedent which was in writing and was inconsistent with the sovereignty of Mexico and might be resorted to against Mexico in the future by any foreign government.

Fortunately, the Department of State at Washington has stated that it did not intend in this case to trespass upon the sovereignty of Mexico; that the United States has no desire to interfere with the internal affairs of Mexico; that it recognizes that Mexico is the only judge of its internal policy, and that its intentions continue to be friendly.

Mexico gladly receives the foregoing statements, inasmuch as it is animated by the same sentiments of friendship, and it considers this incident to be closed.

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