The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Lithuania (Hubner)

No. 51

Sir: Reference is made to your despatch No. 299 of August 20, 1935, transmitting a copy of a statement made to the Legation by the Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs21 with respect to the attitude of the Lithuanian Government towards imports of American petroleum products and requesting instructions with regard to the attitude to be taken by the Legation in relation thereto.

The Department is pleased to note from the statement of the Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs that the Lithuanian Government is disposed to permit the importation into Lithuania of certain American [Page 575] petroleum products in amounts commensurate with former American participation in the Lithuanian market and that, in connection with the two products, namely, kerosene and gas oil, under special restrictions, the Lithuanian Government is making an effort to come to an agreement with the principal American supplier by direct negotiation. In this connection, your attention is invited to the provisions of the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 9 of August 20, 1935.

You should follow this situation carefully and report promptly to the Department the results of the negotiations between the Lithuanian authorities and the representatives of American oil interests. In the event that the assistance of the Legation is requested in procuring import permits covering American petroleum products, you should govern your actions by the provisions of the above-mentioned telegram.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
R. Walton Moore
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