The Ambassador in France (Stratus) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 20.]
Sir: In continuation of the Embassy’s despatch No. 2261 of October 26, 1935,18 with respect to customs privileges for American educational and philanthropic institutions in Syria and the Lebanon, I have the honor to transmit herewith, in copy and translation, a note dated November 8, 1935, from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, wherein inquiry is made as to whether it would not be possible to enter into an informal exchange of views concerning an ultimate settlement of the situation about which the American Government complains.
An officer of the Embassy has just received verbal information from the competent official of the Foreign Office, M. Chauvel, to the effect that the note was prepared prior to October 26, the date of the Embassy’s despatch under reference, and that it was forwarded to the Embassy merely to complete the Ministry’s files in the matter. He added that no action would seem to be necessary with respect to its contents prior to the receipt of information from High Commissioner de Martel, outlining any conversations which he may have recently had with the head of the American missions in the territories involved.
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