611.2131/207: Telegram

The Chargé in Colombia (Washington) to the Secretary of State

69. Department’s 55, August 28, 6 p.m. Colombian Minister for Foreign Affairs has informed me that his Government agrees to signing a new trade agreement and is cabling its Legation in Washington to that effect. The Colombian Government desires to obtain approval of the new agreement at the present regular session of Congress or during the extraordinary session which will probably follow regular session. (It is customary for the Colombian Congress to extend itself in extraordinary session until November 15th.) The Colombian Government will leave to the United States to decide whether the new agreement be signed the first week in October or later.

I am informed verbally by the Minister that the Foreign Affairs committees of the House and Senate have almost completed their study of the agreement. They have however agreed to the signing of a new one.

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[For text of public notice of intention to negotiate a trade agreement with Colombia and statistics on trade between the United States and Colombia, issued by the Department of State on September 5, 1934, see Department of State, Press Releases, September 8, 1934, pages 160–163.]