0883.512 Motor Vehicles/14
The Minister in Egypt (Jardine) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 25.]
Sir: I have the honor to inform the Department that, in view of the situation which has developed during the past few months in respect of the arbitrary restrictions imposed by the Egyptian authorities upon automotive vehicular traffic of a character seriously to jeopardize vested American interests and in view, moreover, of the failure of persistent efforts to obtain from the Egyptian Government any assurances of a clearly defined road transport policy in conformity with existing legislation and custom, I have considered it necessary to address a communication on the subject to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, of which a copy is enclosed.
There are likewise enclosed copies of notes which the French, Greek and Italian Legations have addressed to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on the same subject, together with suggested translations thereof.44
The situation, as it has developed, is an exceedingly complex one comprising various phases; and, in consideration of the virtual impossibility of presenting the facts and circumstances heretofore completely to the Department with a recommendation of the action which I considered it advisable to pursue, I have deemed it advisable to act at my discretion in the belief that a consideration of the motives necessitating such action will commend my action to the Department’s approval.
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