The Minister in Portugal ( South ) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 28.]
Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 21 of April 11, 1930, and to previous correspondence on the general subject of flag discrimination and national treatment for foreign vessels in Portuguese ports, I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy and translation of a note from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, dated July 8, 1930, which is in reply to the Legation’s note No. 1065 of January 14 , 1930,—a copy of which was transmitted to the Department with the Legation’s despatch No. 2951 of the same date.
It may be encouraging to note that the Portuguese Government, through the Ministry of Marine, is now instituting a thorough investigation of the matter of shipping discrimination with a view to substituting another and more satisfactory system for the one now in effect, against which so much complaint has been made.
In acknowledging the receipt of the note under reference from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, I have taken the occasion again to stress our vital interest in securing better treatment for American [Page 785] vessels and to express the hope that the Portuguese Government may soon be able to reach a fair and just solution of this matter of shipping charges.
I have [etc.]
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