711.672/6a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Special Mission at Lausanne


78. Since the drafting of the treaty between Turkey and the Allies seems to be approaching completion, the Department would be glad to have from you specific recommendations as to whether it would be desirable that we enter upon direct negotiations with the Turks as soon as they shall have received the Allied draft.

A treaty of amity and commerce between ourselves and Turkey should provide for the resumption of diplomatic and consular relations, for most-favored-nation treatment, and for any matters of particular interest to either of the two countries. Following the precedent of the treaties we have recently made with the Central Powers, our treaty with Turkey could refer specifically to sections of the treaty between Turkey and the Allies with a provision that the United States and its citizens shall enjoy all rights conceded to the Allies.