611.2131/20: Telegram

The Chargé in Colombia (Dawson) to the Acting Secretary of State

61. Department’s 63, July 12, 6 p.m. Minister for Foreign Affairs expressed a desire to negotiate mutually beneficial trade agreement pointing out special nature of commercial relations of the two countries and obsolete character of existing commercial treaty.3 He referred to suggestions made some time ago regarding tariff and exchange control concessions to the United States.

He remarked that Colombian Government had hoped any trade negotiations would take place in Bogotá but that Washington would be perfectly satisfactory; he understood our natural preference for latter in view of simultaneous negotiations there with other countries.

  1. Treaty of December 12, 1846, Hunter Miller (ed.), Treaties and Other International Acts of the United States of America, vol. 5, p. 115.