Press Release Issued by the Department of State, March 28, 1934

Statement by Mr. Francis B. Sayre, Assistant Secretary of State

References have been made in the course of the debate on the tariff bill and in the press regarding tariff negotiations with a number of countries. In connection with these negotiations it is stated that the United States is offering reductions in duty on cement, lumber and agricultural products. There is no truth whatsoever in these statements. There are now no negotiations involving tariff reductions in progress with any foreign country except Cuba and in the negotiations with Cuba no offer or commitment of any kind has been made by the United States regarding concessions on products imported from that country.