883.01/10a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Agent and Consul General at Cairo (Howell)

9. Communicate a note to the Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs textually as follows:

“I take pleasure in informing Your Excellency that the President has decided to recognize the independence of Egypt this recognition being subject to the maintenance of the rights of the United States of America as they have hitherto existed.”

The qualification above stated is intended to leave no room for doubt of the maintenance of capitulatory and commercial rights and most-favored nation treatment of the United States.

The Department is notifying British Government of its action and the President will telegraph a congratulatory message to the King and I will send telegram to Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Congress has been requested to provide appropriation for raising Agency to Legation.

Telegraph immediately when you have made above communication to Egyptian Government and their reply if any.