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

No. 986G

Sir: In continuation of the Legation’s despatch No. 960G of January 19, 1926, I have the honor to transmit herewith a report on the general conditions prevailing in El Salvador for the month from January 16 to February 15, 1926.

I have [etc.]

C. Van H. Engert

Report on General Conditions Prevailing in Salvador From January 16 to February 15, 1926

The negotiations for a Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Eights with the Republic of El Salvador were concluded as soon as the questions regarding Article 11 and Article 13 were satisfactorily disposed of. As regards the former, the Salvadorean Government was [Page 937] much gratified to find that the Government of the United States is willing to make an exception in favor of Central American coasting trade. The Legation does not believe that such trade will be of any importance for many years to come as it is practically non-existent today. The Salvadorean Government was also grateful for the Department’s interpretation of the last paragraph of Article 13 which had given it much concern from the time the Treaty was first submitted to it. It evidently suspected that we intended to read something into that clause which did not appear on the surface, especially as it referred to petroleum and the Salvadorean Government knew that the United States had since the World War shown much interest in the oil resources of foreign countries.

Complete agreement has now been reached on all articles and the Treaty is at present in the hands of the printers as the Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed a preference for signing the document in printed form. The Department’s instructions regarding the “Alternat” and Spanish text will be strictly observed.

Unless there should be unforeseen delay in the printing office, the Treaty will be signed on Washington’s Birthday, the date suggested by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.