825.5151/145: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile (Sevier)

19. Your telegram No. 17, February 6, noon. The Department informally apprised the Chilean Ambassador of the circumstances surrounding the Baldwin bid and explained this Government’s viewpoint that its nationals should be given equal treatment with other foreign competitors for Chilean business. It was made clear to the Ambassador that all we ask is equality of treatment in the exchange matter. The Ambassador said that he would cable his Government immediately, urging that no step be taken which might be construed as discriminatory and that American companies be given equal exchange treatment.