881.512/101

The Secretary of State to the Spanish Chargé (Martinez de Irujo)

Sir: I desire to refer to your note of October 22, 1931, in which you inform me that your Government seeks agreement by the Government of the United States to the application to American citizens and protégés in the Spanish Zone of Morocco of certain new urban tax levy regulations.

Since the application of the regulations in question would be in derogation of the rights of the United States in the Spanish Zone, the Government of the United States cannot give its assent to such application. Should the Spanish Protectorate in Morocco be recognized by the Government of the United States the Department of State will be glad to give consideration to your Government’s request. May I express the hope that your Government may see its way clear to an early equitable settlement of American claims in the Spanish Zone19 upon which recognition by the Government of the United States of the Spanish Protectorate is contingent.

Accept [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
W. R. Castle, Jr.
  1. There were no further developments regarding the American claims until 1934.