The First Secretary of the Mexican Embassy (Téllez) to the Secretary of State


Excellency: Complying with instructions that have been transmitted to me by the Department of Foreign Affairs of my Government, I have the honour to enclose herewith a telegram that has just been received at this Embassy, addressed to Your Excellency by the Secretary of Foreign Relations.

I avail myself [etc.]

Manuel C. Téllez

The Mexican Minister for Foreign Affairs (Pani) to the Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Hughes: Through Mr. Summerlin, I have received your courteous message25 by which you inform me, on the one hand, to have examined the minutes of the work of the Mexican-American Commission adjourned on the 15th of this month at this City, and to have submitted same to the President, and, on the other hand, that the President has deigned to approve the declarations and recommendations made by the American Commissioners. You suggest, furthermore, the procedure through which the reassumption of diplomatic relations could be accomplished, should President Obregon have approved the declarations of the Mexican Commissioners embodied in said minutes.

In reply to all this, upon expressing to you the gratification with which this Chancellery has noted President Coolidge’s approval of his Commissioners’ recommendations and upon informing you that President Obregon has also approved the declarations made by his Commissioners, I take the liberty to submit to your consideration some slight modifications to the procedure you have been good enough to propose—modifications which undoubtedly will greatly facilitate the attainment of the ends in view,—to wit:

a) That both Chancelleries simultaneously make the following or a similar statement to the press:

“The Governments of Mexico and that of the United States in view of the reports and recommendations that their respective Commissioners submitted as a result of the Mexico–American Conferences [Page 552] held at the City of Mexico from May 14th, 1923 to August 15, 1923, have resolved to renew diplomatic relations between them, and therefore, pending the appointment of Ambassadors, they are taking the necessary steps to accredit, formally, their respective Chargés d’Affaires.”

I beg to suggest that this statement be made on Friday, August 31st, 1923, or before, at any hour you may deem convenient so that President Obregon may confine himself—in his Message to Congress upon its inaugural session on September 1st, 1923,—to announce this resolution without having to enter into details that perhaps would be best to omit for the time being.

b) Subsequently, that is to say, for instance, ten or fifteen days after the date on which the respective Chargés d’Affaires may have been formally accredited, that is, diplomatic relations having been reassumed, the Conventions shall be signed as suggested by you.

I make this suggestion being sincerely in the belief that the simultaneity or close proximity between the two acts aforesaid may unjustly give the former the erroneous impression of being conditional, as the Mexican Government since November 1921, spontaneously proposed the signing of similar conventions and, as furthermore, is unnecessary since the Conventions that are to be signed could not come into force before the date of the opening of the United States Senate.

Resolved as it is, the reassumption of diplomatic relations, the modifications proposed—without any sacrifice for American interests or for the purposes of the United States Government—tend only to assure the greatest and most firm cordiality in the future relations between the two Governments permitting them to develop on the solid basis of reciprocal confidence, which is the only possible foundation of true friendship.

I am [etc.]

A. J. Pani
  1. Translation submitted by the Mexican Embassy.
  2. Translation submitted by the Mexican Embassy.
  3. See Department’s telegram no. 119, Aug. 22, p. 550.