The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Turkey (Patterson)

No. 241

Sir: Reference is made to the conversations of the Ambassador42 with the Chief of the Treaty Division43 and the Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs44 on June 3, 1930, regarding the treaty of extradition signed on behalf of the United States and Turkey at Lausanne on August 6, 1923.45

This treaty was transmitted to the Senate by the President on May 3, 1924, for advice and consent to ratification, and is still pending before the Committee on Foreign Relations of that body. The Department is disposed to suggest to the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations that this treaty be considered with a view to approval by the Senate.

In view of the fact that nearly seven years have elapsed since the signing of the treaty, it is desired that the Ambassador, unless he perceives objection, shall inquire of the Turkish authorities whether their Government would be inclined to ratify the treaty in the event that this Government also would take such action.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
J. P. Cotton
  1. Joseph C. Grew, Ambassador to Turkey, then in the United States.
  2. C. M. Barnes.
  3. Wallace Murray.
  4. Foreign Relations, 1923, vol. ii, p. 1167.