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

No. 1020G

Sir: In continuation of the Legation’s despatch No. 986G of February 20, 1926, I have the honor to transmit herewith a report on the general conditions prevailing in El Salvador for the period from February 16, 1926 to March 31, 1926.

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C. Van H. Engert

Report on General Conditions Prevailing in Salvador From February 16 to March 31, 1926

The Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Rights which the Legation had been negotiating with the Salvadorean Government since August 1925 was signed at the Foreign Office on February 22, 1926.33 The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Arrieta Rossi, was much gratified at the receipt of Secretary Kellogg’s cordial reply to his telegram of February 23 expressing pleasure that [Page 938] the Treaty had been concluded.35 Whatever hostility there may have been to the Treaty, and particularly to the most-favored-nation clause, has greatly subsided and has given way to a feeling of confidence that it will ultimately benefit Salvador as much as it benefits the United States. The Legation has always emphasized the feature of absolute mutual equality of treatment maintained throughout the Treaty, and that Salvador—one of the smallest countries in the world—would therefore receive at the hands of the United States precisely the same treatment as one of the great World Powers. This feature—which was at first not thoroughly understood even by the President—later served as the most powerful inducement in getting the Treaty accepted because it flattered the amour propre of the officials in the government.

  1. Post, p. 940.
  2. Neither telegram printed. The Secretary’s telegram was dated February 24.