611.2131/24: Telegram

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

66. Your 66, July 21, 6 p.m. Department contemplates negotiations with Colombia involving examination of all of the principal items entering into trade between the two countries. It is desirable that negotiators have technical advisers equipped to consider definitively [Page 219] reductions which Colombia is prepared to accord to American products in return for leading Colombian products remaining on the free list. This seems fair in view of the fact that exports from Colombia to United States very greatly exceed imports into Colombia from the United States.

Please inform Department as to prospects of extension of law authorizing the President to enter into reciprocity agreements beyond July 31.5

Department will be prepared to open conversations as soon as the Colombian experts arrive.

  1. By telegram No. 67, July 24, noon, the Chargé in Colombia informed the Department that “extension not contemplated.” (611.2131/25)