711.672/62: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Special Mission at Lausanne

155. Your 383, May 30, midnight.70

Department has today issued following statement to Press:

“Informal conversations have been proceeding between Mr. Grew and Ismet Pasha at Lausanne with a view to ascertaining whether a suitable basis could be found for the revision of existing treaties between the United States and Turkey. These conversations have reached a point where the Department considered it opportune to authorize Mr. Grew to initiate more formal negotiations and to this end full powers to negotiate and sign a treaty or treaties of amity and commerce with Turkey were telegraphed to Mr. Grew on May 29th. The conclusion of such negotiations is, of course, dependent upon a satisfactory adjustment of outstanding questions between the two countries.”

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