The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Nicaragua (Lane)

No. 11

Sir: There is enclosed a copy of a memorandum which was today handed to Señor Dr. Don Henri De Bayle, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Nicaragua,7 in regard to the desire of this Government to enter into exploratory conversations with a view to determining whether it would be possible to conclude a reciprocal trade agreement between the United States and Nicaragua. The Department desires that these conversations should take place at Managua and you are [Page 498] accordingly requested to take up the matter with the Minister of Foreign Affairs. If the latter is prepared to proceed with these conversations along the general lines indicated in the memorandum, the Department will send you as soon as possible a statement regarding the concessions which might be requested of Nicaragua.

You should make it perfectly clear that the intention of this Government is solely to explore the situation to determine whether negotiations, if undertaken, would be likely to meet with success.

Very truly yours,

For the Acting Secretary of State:
Francis B. Sayre
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