711.162/15: Telegram

The Chargé in Salvador (Engert) to the Secretary of State


15. Department’s telegram number 14, April 24, 5 p.m. After long conference with the President during which the Foreign Minister at my suggestion was present I have concluded that the Government of Salvador is not ready to accept an exchange of notes unless more tangible advantages to it become apparent than the United States has so far pointed out. The President says that France grants very substantial tariff reduction on coffee from Salvador, and that even if the United States should impose a duty on such coffee, the markets of Europe, and especially of Germany, would take the entire crop of Salvador. If, however, the United States should be willing to grant some concession with respect to Salvador’s sugar, he would recommend an exchange of notes.

I recommend that the Department await Legation’s report following further conference with the President and the Foreign Minister in which I have requested that the Finance Minister take part. I have received no written reply except mere acknowledgment to the notes addressed to the Foreign Office on this subject. Would it be possible for the Department to telegraph this Legation a list of the countries with which the United States has exchanged similar notes?13

  1. List transmitted in Department’s telegram No. 16, Apr. 30, 1925, 8 p.m.; not printed.