890d.00/234a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France ( Herrick )

403. Following for your information and for repetition to American Consul, Beirut, as Department’s October 30, 6 p.m.

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“For your information and for Keeley.

Associated Press today reports as follows from Paris: ‘American official reports presented to the French Foreign Office by the American Embassy on instructions from Washington have given the French Government more information about the actions in Syria of General Sarrail, the French High Commissioner, than Paris has received from General Sarrail himself.’ In this connection see last paragraph Department’s October 24, 6 p.m.10

Department considers that the full reports transmitted by you and Keeley have been of material assistance in bringing the French Government to a realization of their responsibility for the protection of lives and property of Americans and other foreigners.

Keeley may in his discretion repeat to Paris any future telegrams which you feel might be of assistance to the Embassy in the event that the Department should consider further representations to the French Government necessary. If telegram sent Paris, so indicate in telegraphing Department.”

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