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The Ambassador in Turkey ( Skinner ) to the Secretary of State

No. 434

Sir: I am not sure the matter calls for any special comment but it is a fact that on Page 79 of the American Year Book for 1933, just [Page 960] received from the Department, I find the following statement with regard to Turkey:

“Arrangements were made to admit American goods to a value equivalent to that of Turkish goods exported to America”.

I am not aware of any such formal arrangement and it is certainly not a fact that American goods are shipped to Turkey to balance the value of Turkish goods exported to the United States. The only formal undertaking of this nature of which I possess knowledge is the definite agreement of the Turkish Government to extend to American goods all the advantages enjoyed in this market by the goods of any other country.

Respectfully yours,

Robert P. Skinner