683.003/40: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Egypt (Jardine)

31. Your 36, March 19, 5 p.m. You may address a written communication to the Minister for Foreign Affairs stating that on the [Page 159] clear understanding that this Government’s consent has been requested by the Egyptian Government you have been authorized to consent to the collection from American nationals of the excise tax on matches. At the same time you should add that this Government will not be in a position to give consideration to the possibility of withdrawing its reservations to the law and decree of February 11 until it has had an opportunity to study the official texts thereof and the circumstances under which they were promulgated.