The Secretary of State to the Minister in the Netherlands (Emmet)

No. 49

Sir: There is enclosed a self-explanatory memorandum of a conversation between the Netherland Minister and Mr. Sayre on July 18.13 Pages three and four of the memorandum deal with suggestions made by this Government to the Minister looking toward the initiation in November of reciprocal tariff negotiations between the Netherlands and the United States. You may, in your discretion, talk over the suggestions offered by Mr. Sayre with the appropriate Dutch officials.

The Department has noted with interest your valuable despatch No. 45, of July 2, 1934, but hopes that you will continue to submit by despatch, for the consideration of the Committee for the Netherlands which we are planning to set up, any further recommendations you have concerning the conduct of negotiations, the essential concessions or commitments for which you feel we should ask, the concession or commitments from us to which you feel the Netherlands is going to attach the greatest importance, and any other pertinent information you may have regarding Netherland trade policy, commercial treaties either concluded or under negotiation with other countries.

You may, of course, call freely on consular officers stationed in the Netherlands for their assistance.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Francis B. Sayre
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