The Ambassador in France ( Straus ) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 25.]
Sir: In my telegram No. 42 of January 15, 6 p.m., I had the honor to summarize a conversation held at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on January 14 between officials of the French Government and Mr. Marriner and Mr. Williamson of the Embassy, concerning the proposed alterations in the Moroccan customs regime. A translation of the content of the Department’s instruction No. 669 of December 18, 1934,28 was first read to the French representatives, the original text being adhered to with the exception of a few slight modifications. In order that there might be no possibility of misinterpretation of the Department’s views, an Aide-Mémoire was then left which included the most important of the American observations. For the completion of the Department’s archives on the subject, the Aide-Mémoire is enclosed in copy and translation29 and there is likewise attached in English and French the further observations29 orally made on behalf of the Department, but of which no written text was left at the Foreign Office.
In my telegram under reference I reviewed the ensuing conversation as well as sketched the salient portions of the French proposal regarding economic changes in Morocco. The Embassy representatives were handed a memorandum embodying the project of negotiation, a copy and translation of which are furnished herewith. The following [Page 958] morning M. Coursier of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs called at the Embassy and delivered an appendix to the French memorandum which treats in further detail the contemplated tariff changes. A copy and translation of this appendix are likewise enclosed. The Foreign Office representatives remarked in this connection that while it is not obligatory to consult the powers regarding the tariff changes they wished as a matter of courtesy to acquaint the American Government with the plan. They expressed the belief that the tariff alterations on the whole would be found advantageous to American trade.
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Counselor of Embassy
- The omitted portion of this despatch is a summary of the two enclosures printed.↩
- Foreign Relations, 1934, vol. ii, p. 876.↩
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- The Government of the Protectorate envisages reduction in the rates of certain categories of these products in order to make possible the conclusion of commercial arrangements. [Footnote in the original.]↩
- This duty may be transformed into a specific duty. [Footnote in the original.]↩