Executive Agreement Series No. 41
The Minister in Bulgaria (Shoemaker) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 7.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to my telegram No. 20, of August 18, 5 p.m.,8 reporting the exchange of notes, on the afternoon of August 18, between Mr. Mooshanoff, the Bulgarian Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and myself, whereby unconditional most favored nation treatment is to be accorded to the goods of the United States by Bulgaria and to the goods of Bulgaria by the United States, and to transmit herewith the original of Mr. Mooshanoff’s note and a true copy of my note. There is also enclosed a literal translation of Mr. Mooshanoff’s note which has been made independently of the text of my note. Each discrepancy between the text of this translation and the text of my note was carefully examined, prior to signature, with a view to ensuring identic provisions in the two notes. Competent translators assured the Legation that Mr. Mooshanoff’s note is identic in meaning with my note and as similar in expression as is possible in view of the differences existing between the Bulgarian and the English languages, and that in consequence my note could be considered an exact translation of Mr. Mooshanoff’s, and that likewise his note might be used as an exact translation of mine. However, in preparing the translation of Mr. Mooshanoff’s note for the Department’s use, the Legation has thought it best to make a literal translation independently from the text of my note.
I wish also to take this opportunity to confirm the fact, also reported by my telegram No. 20, that Mr. Mooshanoff has accepted the proposal to undertake negotiations for a definitive treaty of commerce and navigation embodying provisions on these subjects similar to those included in the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Rights between the United States and Germany, but eliminating the consular and possibly certain other provisions. It is also agreeable to the Bulgarian authorities to undertake negotiations for a separate treaty embodying provisions dealing with consular rights. The Legation will therefore expect to receive the Department’s drafts for such treaties, accompanied by appropriate instructions, in the near future.