The Chargé in Egypt (Johnson) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 27.]
Sir: Complying with the instructions contained in your telegram No. 17, of July 19, 5 p.m., to report briefly by telegram and fully by [Page 571] mail regarding the complaint of the Vacuum Oil Company as to the storage, by foreign importers, of petroleum products in barges in the port of Alexandria, in disregard of the existing regulations, I this morning telegraphed the Department and now have the honor to enclose copies of the correspondence in this matter which I believe reveal all the facts and show the steps taken to date.
It will be noted that the Legation first brought the matter to the attention of the Foreign Office in a note dated June 8th, sent on the eve of the departure of the Minister. The matter having been recalled to my attention by the Vacuum Oil representative in Cairo I took occasion to see the Minister for Foreign Affairs in person and to request some action by the Ministry of the Interior on the unanswered note of the Vacuum Oil Company of May 12th, as well as a reply to the Legation’s note of June 8th.
Having been informed by the Vacuum Oil Company of a new instance occurring of a barge being used to store oil in the harbor I wrote the note of July 10th in which I referred to the interview I had had with the Minister for Foreign Affairs on June 29th.
Upon receipt of the Department’s telegram this morning I ascertained from the Vacuum Oil representative that nothing had yet been heard about the matter. I am therefore arranging immediately for another interview, this time with the Prime Minister himself, Adly Pasha Yaghen. I shall also take occasion to discuss the matter informally with the Residency in view of the joining in the original complaint, (see letter of May 12th), of the British Company, the Asiatic Petroleum Company (Egypt) Ltd. As the mail closes today I shall have to postpone to a later despatch a report on the result of the interviews proposed.
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