856d. 6363/502

The Minister in the Netherlands (Tobin) to the Secretary of State

No. 1385

Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 1365 of December 20, 1927,5 I have the honor to inform you that in an interview which I had to-day with Mr. Beelaerts van Blokland, Minister for Foreign Affairs, he spoke of the recent passage through the Second Chamber of the Bill which makes important and valuable concessions to an American oil company operating in the Dutch East Indies (the Koloniale).

“I hope,” he said, “that this may be accepted by your country as evidence of our desire to establish complete reciprocity between the two nations. We are earnest in our intention of doing so. We hope that we shall meet on your side with a similar spirit and that the disadvantages encountered by Dutch capital invested in oil and shipping enterprises in your country may now be removed.”

I have [etc.]

Richard M. Tobin
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