The Secretary of State to the Chargé in France (Armour)

No. 4265

Sir: The Department refers to your despatch No. 9811 of September 5, 1929, concerning your observations to M. Corbin, with respect to the little satisfaction which the Embassy has received in matters coming within the jurisdiction of the Sous-Direction de l’Afrique et du Levant of the Foreign Office, and commends your efforts to expedite action in the several matters concerning Morocco upon which you have been authorized to make representations to the Foreign Office.

An increasing tendency of the Protectorate authorities to disregard the régime of the open door and to encroach upon American rights generally has been observed by the Department, and apparently if the protests which this Government has found it necessary to make to the French Government from time to time are not to be regarded [Page 492]as merely perfunctory by the latter, such action as that reported in the despatch under reference will occasionally be necessary.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
William R. Castle, Jr.