883.101/8

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Egypt ( Fish )

No. 108

Sir: The receipt is acknowleged of your despatch No. 266 of May 23, 1935, transmitting a copy of a note which you addressed to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 22, 1935, concerning the recent reorganization of the Municipality of Alexandria. It is observed that in the penultimate paragraph of the note in question you stated that “the Government of the United States therefore considers the unilateral action of the Egyptian Government in reorganizing the Municipality of Alexandria as likely to impair existing capitulatory rights of American interests in Egypt”. Inasmuch as the Department’s instruction No. 84 of April 29, 1935, merely authorized you to enter a reservation of this Government’s position the Department would not wish you to continue to press the view that the reorganization of the Alexandria Municipality is likely to impair existing capitulatory rights of American interests in Egypt.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
William Phillips