The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile (Culbertson)

No. 1471

Sir: The Department acknowledges the receipt of your despatch No. 1366 dated January 25, 1933, regarding certain pending problems [Page 115] affecting American interests in Chile, notably exchange difficulties, the blocking of retirement funds belonging to American citizens, the impediments to re-exportation of certain American property in Chile, and the means for extending treatment equivalent to that granted France and Spain to American commercial interests in Chile, which have been unable so far to unblock their frozen assets.

The Department commends you for the able and effective presentation of the above-mentioned problems and takes this opportunity to express its appreciation of the way in which you have pointed out in the memorandum left by you at the Chilean Foreign Office on January 24, last, the steps which should be taken by the Chilean authorities to extend due and effective protection to the American interests concerned. The Department will await with interest the result of your representations under reference.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Francis White