711.162/18: Telegram

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

36. The substance of the Department’s telegram number 25, June 25, 6 p.m., was embodied in a note which I read to the President and to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Both expressed willingness to open negotiations immediately but the latter cautiously observed that fiscal and customs questions had best be dealt with in very general terms only. The President then suggested two treaties, one of friendship and one of commerce and consular rights and said he would welcome definite proposals from the United States Government which would [Page 923] be discussed in the most friendly spirit. I was entirely noncommittal in my replies but carefully avoided all reference to most-favored-nation treatment.

Could the Department cable brief summary of points it desires covered and mail proposed text as well as text of German treaty? Has a similar treaty recently been signed or discussed with any other Latin American country?