711.672/37: Telegram

The Special Mission at Lausanne to the Secretary of State


292. A member of Ismet Pasha’s staff delivered to me last night the tentative draft of a note which Ismet proposes to address to me suggesting that we undertake negotiations looking toward a treaty of amity and commerce between our two countries. He asked whether we approved the draft. One of its paragraphs provided that we should continue to negotiate even if some obstacle should halt the negotiations between the Allies and the Turks. In reply we suggested that any reference to possibility of rupture of Allied negotiations had better be omitted. Today we learned from a member of the Turkish delegation that Ismet had assented to our suggestion and that the amended note would be sent to us presently. Upon receiving it and before replying I shall telegraph its text to the Department.