The Minister in the Netherlands (Tobin) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 8.]
Sir: Confirming my telegram No. 35, of July 17, 4 p.m., I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy and translation of a Note from the Foreign Office21 informing me of the signature, on July 17th of four contracts granting petroleum concessions in the Dutch East Indies to the Koloniale Petroleum Company. I enclose as well a copy of my acknowledgment of this communication, in which I formally convey to the Netherland Government recognition by the United States as a reciprocating nation within the meaning of the provisions of the Mineral Leasing Act of February 25, 1920.
I am informed that my note probably will be communicated by the Colonial Minister to the States General in fulfilment of his promise to keep the legislative body informed of the final outcome of this question.
The contracts just signed by the Colonial Minister constitute executive action which would appear to bring to a practical and satisfactory conclusion the discussions which we began eight years ago to obtain from the Dutch Government recognition of the fundamental principle of reciprocal treatment with respect to the development of natural resources and to secure for American interests a substantial participation in the petroleum industry of the Netherland East Indies similar to that enjoyed by Netherland citizens in the United States.
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