856d.6363/523: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in the Netherlands (Norweb)

10. Your 11, March 14, 6 p.m. Department feels that it is now the Dutch Government’s move. If, however, you think it would be helpful in promoting understanding between the two Governments, Department sees no objection to your informally stating that when the Netherlands Government, in reply to your memorandum, gives assurance that the laws, customs and regulations of the Netherlands do not deny similar or like privileges to citizens or corporations of this country, definitely grants an important concession or concessions to American interests, and confirms the understanding that its future policy as to granting of oil lands will be along similar lines, there would be no objection to stating in writing that citizens of the Netherlands are considered as being within the reciprocal clause of the third proviso of Section one of the Act of February 25, 1920.