711.679 Residence and Establishment/53: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Turkey (Grew)


7. Your No. 15, November 25, noon. The Department authorizes you to seek an immediate interview with the Turkish Prime Minister and inform him in the sense you suggested in your No. 15. However, the Department would prefer modifying the first clause of your statement as follows:29 “The Department is fully alive to the changes which have taken place in Turkey since the establishment of the Republic.” The reason for this modification is that the Turks might take the expression “in recent years” to imply that among the changes to which the United States is “fully alive” is the abolition of the capitulations in 1914.

At the same time you may leave with the Prime Minister a copy of the proposed treaty, opening with the preamble as modified and quoted in your No. 15 and containing the modified first and second articles in accordance with the Department’s No. 4, November 10, 4 p.m., paragraphs (7) to (9).

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