883.512 Motor Vehicles/21
The Minister in Egypt (Jardine) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 16.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to my despatch No. 497 of June 1, 1932,48 and previous despatches regarding the restrictions imposed upon the operation of commercial motor vehicles in Egypt, and to transmit herewith a copy of Note No. 268 of June 13, 1932, on this subject, which I handed personally to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on that date.
Similar action has been or is being taken by my French, Italian and Greek colleagues. There is enclosed a copy of the French note, together with a suggested translation, the Italian and Greek Notes following substantially the same text.49
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There is enclosed a record of my conversation with the Minister for Foreign Affairs on June 13th, during which it may be observed the Minister made the interesting and significant admission that one of the purposes of the restrictive measures imposed by the Government was that of enabling monopolies or concessions to be granted for truck and bus transportation. There is thus obtained for the first time official confirmation of an intention of the Government which I had previously reported to the Department as doubtless inspiring in part the application of the restrictive measures imposed recently.
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