The Chargé in Egypt (Winship) to the Secretary of State

No. 283

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my cable of even date, No. 24, and to report that I have been informed officially by the Minister for Foreign Affairs that the Egyptian Government has taken a favorable decision to accord representation on the International Quarantine Board at Alexandria to the United States, and official notification is given in the enclosed Note, with translation, dated Cairo, June 21, 1928, No. 40–3/10 (46).

Article two of Khedivial Decree of June 17, 1893 requires that all delegates should be recognized doctors with regular diplomas from a European faculty of medicine, or from the State, or an official of career of the grade of at least Vice Consul or of an equivalent grade.

The Egyptian Government asks to be informed in due time the name of the delegate proposed by the American Government to sit on said Board, together with a report as to his position or medical record.

The Director of the Board expressed to me the hope that a physician would be designated, one with experience in quarantine matters. If this is not found practical, however, at the present time, the American Consul at Alexandria may be named.

Needless to say, I am very gratified at the Egyptian Government’s favorable decision in this matter.

I have [etc.]

North Winship

The Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ghali) to the American Chargé (Winship)

No. 40–3/10

Monsieur le Chargé d’affaires: By letter of May 16, last, No. 540, you brought to my attention the desire expressed by the Government of the United States of America to be represented on the Maritime and Quarantine Sanitary Council of Egypt at Alexandria.

In this regard you referred to the great importance your Government attached to participate in the administration of quarantine service in order to assure, on the one hand, the protection of the increasing maritime commerce of the United States, and on the other hand, to inform the country against the danger of infection by the diseases that might be introduced in their ports by the numerous ships coming from the Near East.

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To demonstrate the importance of the maritime interests of the United States, you cited the fact that twelve to fifteen thousand American tourists visit Egypt annually and that several thousand others annually pass through Suez en route to the Orient. Besides this, the great number of American ships that pass the Suez Canal destined for the United States was established by statistics.

I have the honor to inform you that, taking these facts into consideration, the Egyptian Government is happy to agree, in principle, to the representation of the United States on the Maritime and Quarantine Sanitary Council, (International Quarantine Board).

In view of this, I hope you will be so kind as to make known in due time the name of the delegate that will be designated in this connection by your Government and this, in view of the steps necessary to be taken for his recognition.

In this regard, I should draw your attention to the last paragraph of Article 2, of the Decree of June 19, 1893, which prescribes that:

“All delegates should be doctors with regular diplomas, from a European faculty of medicine, or from the State, or an official of career of the grade of at least Vice Consul, or of an equivalent grade.”

I seize this occasion [etc.]

Wacyf Boutros Ghali